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Detective Edward Burns (retired) served in the Baltimore City Police Department's Drug Control Unit. Edward Burns is a retired 20-year veteran of the Baltimore, Maryland, Police Department, where he specialized in homicide investigation, and worked extensively on inner-city drug gangs. After retiring from the police department, he began teaching in Baltimore middle and high schools. He has coauthored the book The Corner with David Simon, creator of the television program Homicide, and cocreated the television series The Wire with Simon.

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