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the Baltimore Police Department

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The Baltimore Police Department provides police services to the City of Baltimore, Maryland.

Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east.

A police force is a constituted body of persons empowered by the state to enforce the law, protect property, and limit civil disorder.

Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 29th-most populous city in the country.

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It was originally organized in 1784, after the United States gained independence, as a "nightwatch" and a force of day "Constables".

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It was officially established by the Maryland Legislature on March 16, 1853, and reorganized in 1857 by Mayor Thomas Swann of Baltimore.

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It is the eighth-largest police force in the US and is organized into ten districts: nine based on geographical areas and the Public Housing Section.

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It polices 80.9 square miles of land and 11.1 square miles of waterways.

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The department is sometimes referred to as the Baltimore City Police Department to distinguish it from the Baltimore County Police Department.

The Baltimore County Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for Baltimore County, Maryland.

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In April 2017, U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar "approved the proposed consent decree between Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice, mandating sweeping police reforms at a time of intense violence and deep community distrust in the city police."

A consent decree is an agreement or settlement that resolves a dispute between two parties without admission of guilt or liability, and most often refers to such a type of settlement in the United States.

James Kelleher Bredar serves as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, a position he has held since 2010.

A judge presides over court proceedings, either alone or as a part of a panel of judges.

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He denied a Department of Justice request to postpone signing the decree for 30 days in order to allow review by President Donald Trump's administration.

Donald John Trump is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States.

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