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Mayor proud 'the federal government wants to work in collaboration with us'

Five federal agencies are now collaborating with the Baltimore City Police Department's homicide division. Two agents from each agency --- The FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Marshals, and U.S. Secret Service --- were set to arrive in Baltimore on Monday.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday said she welcomed the move.

"I'm very proud that we stand in a position where the federal government wants to work in collaboration with us, I know that that's not happening everywhere in the country even though there are spikes in homicides in many cities across the country," Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. "We welcome them. I am very excited to have that additional resource in Baltimore, we're already seeing progress from the collaboration and the fact that they are investing more into that collaboration, in the war room and our efforts, to me sends the right signal."

Baltimore Police's homicide clearance rate is at 36%, according to Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, below its average of 46% in recent years.

Senator Barbara Mikulski, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, and other elected officials are set formally announce the BFED taskforce at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

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