Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 522

Baltimore City Police Ride-Along

I can’t say too much about my ride-along cos of the confidentiality with the Homicide Department whom I rode along with last night, but I can say this:

1. It is like The Wire in areas of the city. The cops said the show is totally realistic in parts. I saw ‘The Corner‘, made famous by David Simon.

The Wire

The Wire

2. I have a new respect for the guys and gals in the Homicide Department.

3. Apparently Baltimore has more murders in one week than the entire nation of Canada does in a year (Is this true?! NOT a police fact, but an interweb fact…). It is kind of crazy to drive along with police and them point out where murders and shootings took place.

4. The humour of the Baltimore cops is very piss-taking in a familiar British way 🙂

Life on the streets

Life on the streets

5. Even criminals don’t like the cold. The cold keeps them off the streets, it appears. The junkies, however, apparently don’t feel the cold.

6. There are so many boarded up houses in some districts, it’s amazing that people are still hanging around on the corners.

7. This quote hanging from a detective’s desk interested me: For a plot hatched in hell, don’t expect angels for witnesses.

Homicide Dept

Homicide Dept

8. Baltimore is an eclectic city. It’s awesome and scary and cultural and poor and rich.

9. Baltimore is lucky to have the police department it does. I was in safe hands.

Respect to the cops

Respect to the cops

10. Finally, some people did not get why I wanted to experience this police ride along in one of the murder capitals of the USA.

I posted on Facebook that I was hoping for some action on the ride-along and someone commented ‘there will be “action”- not sure it’s the type anyone really wants to see’. But, you see, I did want to see this type of action, because it’s intriguing, fascinating and I’m curious.

I asked the cops when we were in some of the more intense areas that we drove through what would happen if I got out and walked along the streets or in some of the project complexes. They told me I didn’t want to know….

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6 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 522

  1. Christian says:

    Whoever said that there were more murders in Baltimore in a week compared to the amount of murders in Canada for a year was greatly exaggerating. There were 505 murders in Canada in 2013 compared to 235 in the city of Baltimore for the same year. This means that there were about 1.6 murders for every 100,000 people in Canada compared to 37.9 murders for every 100,000 people (per capita) in Baltimore. This means that Baltimore’s murder rate is about 8.1x higher than the U.S. national average of 4.7 per 100,000 and 23.7x higher than Canada’s murder rate. As you may have already observed and have noticed while living in the U.S., murder, crime and poverty is overwhelmingly concentrated in major U.S. cities, and in only certain areas of major cities, while the suburbs and rural areas tend to have very little or no crime or poverty…For example, in 2012, the 5 U.S. cities with the highest per capita murder rates, Detroit, New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore and Newark, held 7% of all murders committed in the U.S. for that year…To put this into perspective, out of 35,000 towns and cities in a nation of 1/3 a billion people, 5 cities held 7% of all murders committed in a single year.

    If you would like a U.K. vs U.S. crime comparison, maybe this stat would interest you:

    Click to access crime_stats_oecdjan2012.pdf

    The U.S. and U.K. have a similar overall crime rate but for very different reasons…For example, based upon the U.S. Justice Department, 80% of all crime in the U.S. is related to gang and illegal immigrant activity:

    In the U.K., crime appears to be a result of socioeconomic problems plaguing those countries while crime in the U.S. is mainly a result of illegal immigration and deep rooted racial injustices of the past which has created a deeply impoverished and crime ridden subculture:

  2. Tyson says:

    Fantastic story, how did you get to go on the ride along? I will be in baltimore in September. Would love to do it!

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