Gansler will train police in de-escalation, hire 1,000 more officers
In case you missed it, former Attorney General Doug Gansler recently discussed his plans to make Maryland safe, including by hiring 1,000 more police officers, with ABC7’s Maryland Bureau Chief Brad Bell.
Highlights from the conversation include:
I’m the only person in the field that has the requisite experience, who’s led during times of crisis, who has a plan going forward to eradicate crime in the State of Maryland, and that is the number one responsibility of government: to keep its people safe.
My currency is to help people. And right now, crime is booming around the state and there’s no one else in the race that has any background whatsoever in criminal justice. We really need to make sure that places like Baltimore, which have almost 400 murders a year, are safe again, and that’s my background. That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to hire 1,000 more police officers, make sure they’re well-trained, de-escalation training, put in domestic violence dockets, put in drug courts, like I did in Montgomery County.
I am the only pro-business, pro-law enforcement, somewhat moderate candidate in the Democratic field. However, I also led the fight for marriage equality in the State of Maryland as a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist and started the first Civil Rights Department in Maryland.