Cost of Protecting the Mayor and Two Other City Executives Rises Sharply, Baltimore Inspector General Finds

Baltimore spent between $3.4 and $3.6 million last year to protect Mayor Brandon Scott, State’s Attorney Ivan Bates and Police Commissioner Richard Worley, Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming found in a report released today.

The price of police protection, offered exclusively to these officials, was considerably more than the equivalent services in other cities of similar size, such as Milwaukee, Portland, Detroit and Memphis, according to the report.

Cumming said the direct costs of the 16-member Executive Protection Unit (EPU) have increased from $1.7 million to $2.9 million between fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2023, or 68%.