Gray clouds drift across the gloomy skies of Baltimore on a Tuesday morning as officers of the Baltimore City Police Department patrol their assigned districts. Rain falls in a gentle mist. On East Baltimore Street, water slowly drips off two flag poles protruding from a sand-colored building. Outside, police cars are lined up diagonally along the sidewalk. And inside is the headquarters for the Baltimore City Police Department.
As rain continues to hit the glass doors leading into the building, an employee of the department’s office staff sits quietly at a counter behind a booth. Two dark green-cushioned benches rest against the wall adjacent to the booth. All that is heard is the pitter-patter of raindrops and the occasional telephone call with an officer request. Former Chief of Process and Transport Pamela Johnson says that the city police office environment does not differ much from that of the county offices.
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