Statement of Donald C. Fry, President & CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, on discussion on police reform with Commissioner Michael Harrison

May 26, 2021

“It’s been a year since the murder of George Floyd and police reform remains a topic of intense interest locally and nationally. Police reform needs to be addressed at all levels of government for the betterment of our citizens. The matter seems to be stalled at the federal level and it is essential that federal elected officials find a compromise to enact police reform. It was encouraging to hear Commissioner Harrison embrace the reforms by the Maryland General Assembly and that the city’s police department is making substantial progress on changes called for in the federal consent decree, including a strong focus on engaging more effectively with the community. Commissioner Harrison and his leadership team are to be commended for their steady efforts to reform the police department, build trust and accountability in communities and get guns off the street. Given time to work, these efforts should lead to a reduction in violent crime and crime overall in Baltimore in the near future.”


The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is a regional organization of business and civic leaders that includes businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational and civic institutions. It is the leading voice for the private sector in the Baltimore region on issues relating to economic growth, job creation, workforce development, transportation, the business climate and quality of life. The GBC’s membership is comprised of over 500 member organizations, including large, mid-size and small companies, nonprofits, education and foundations in the Greater Baltimore region.