Baltimore Police are Exiting the Special Events Management Business

For longer than anyone can remember, the Baltimore Police Department has been managing the supply of off-duty officers that work the roughly 150 private special events that take place in the city yearly.

And just as often, the department “ate” the difference between the fees it charged clients, be they a neighborhood group, a local business or a large university, and the actual costs incurred.

A 2020 audit indicated that BPD’s recovery rate for special events was just 68% of the costs of manpower, which added up to millions of dollars over time.