Anthony Batts

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Anthony W. Batts
Relatives Laura Richardson (former wife)
Police career
Current status Commissioner of the Baltimore City Police Department
Department Baltimore City Police Department
Allegiance  State of Maryland
Country  United States of America
Rank 4 Gold Stars.svg Commissioner

Anthony W. Batts is the Police Commissioner of the Baltimore City Police Department, the eighth largest municipal police department in the United States.


Batts was formerly the chief of police for the Californian cities of Oakland and Long Beach. Batts worked in the Long Beach Police Department for 27 years,[1] rising to Chief of Police in 2002.[2] Under Batts, homicides decreased 45% and overall crime decreased 13% in Long Beach.[3] 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.[4] 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."[5] On August 27, 2012, it was reported that Batts would become the police commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, effective September 27, 2012.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Batts' former wife is Laura Richardson, who was a member of the U.S. Congress.


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Police appointments
Preceded by
Wayne Tucker
Chief of the Oakland Police Department
Succeeded by
Howard Jordan
Preceded by
Frederick H. Bealefeld III
Baltimore Police Department Commissioner
Succeeded by