Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED)

The Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) is a collaborative new unit established in 2016 to investigate and prosecute gun crime in Baltimore City. GVED is staffed by a team of dedicated prosecutors and detectives housed together at SAO headquarters in Downtown Baltimore. Together, they use intelligence gathered by BPD's detectives and the SAO's Crime Strategies Unit to apprehend, charge and convict specific gun offenders who have been identified as top drivers of crime in Baltimore. GVED is led by Division Chief Charles Blomquist and BPD Detective Sergeant Charles manner

Charles Blomquist has been a member of the legal profession since 2000. After clerking for the Honorable John Carroll Byrnes, he joined the Baltimore City State¹s Attorney¹s Office as an Assistant State¹s Attorney. In 2006, he was assigned to the homicide unit. In addition to being a prosecutor, he the Vice President of the Baltimore Bar Association and a Commissioned Officer in the Maryland Army National Guard.

Blomquist is has strove to be an active and contributing member to the legal community. He served in various Young Lawyer committees and events. Charles was only able to serve as Chair of the Young Lawyers for a short time, having been called into active military service at the beginning of his term. Charles also had the distinct honor of participating in the Maryland State Bar Association¹s Leadership Academy as a Fellow. He was a founding chair of the MSBA¹s Military Law and Veterans Affairs Committee, serving in the role, until he was deployed to Afghanistan. Charles is a member of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, Maryland State Bar Association, and American Bar Association and a Fellow in each of those organizations.

Charles has more than 10 years of experience as a homicide prosecutor and an extensive background in military intelligence and civil affairs, which makes him an ideal candidate to lead this important new unit.