Anthony W. Batts is the Police Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, the 8th largest city police department in the country. He used to be the chief of police for Oakland, California, and Long Beach, California. Batts tenure as Police Chief of Long Beach was not without scrutiny. Allegations of perjury, blackmail and domestic violence plagued the then Police Chief  He announced his resignation on October 11, 2011, without specifying an effective date, and Mayor Jean Quan appointed Howard Jordan as an interim Chief as of October 13, 2011. Batts worked in the Long Beach Police Department for 27 years, rising to Chief of Police in 2002. Under Batts homicides decreased 45% and overall crime decreased 13% in Long Beach. Batts has said that he was motivated to seek the Oakland Chief of Police job by the aftermath of the killing of four Oakland police officers in March, 2009.
In June 2010, amid budget cuts and layoffs, Batts announced there would be 44 crimes to which 9-1-1 dispatchers would not send Oakland's police cars to, mainly crimes where there was no immediate danger and no criminals appeared to be present at the scene.
In January 2011, Batts was revealed as a top candidate for San Jose, California Chief of Police. Batts was not hired by the San Jose Poloce Dept due to concerns of his history of domestic violence allegations  The following month, Batts announced he would remain with the Oakland Police Department, a few days after mayor Jean Quan announced a plan which included rehiring ten of the 80 officers who were laid off the previous summer.
On October 11, 2011, Chief Batts announced that he was resigning from the Oakland Police Department in November. In a letter to Oakland city workers, he stated "It is with great regret that I tender this official notice of my intent to resign as chief of police for the city of Oakland."
Batts used to be married to U.S. Congresswoman Laura Richardson.
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