In the first example the alumna knows the applicant on a personal level and can vouch for their desirable characteristics. In November 2009, Dixon was tried for three counts of felony theft, three counts of misdemeanor embezzlement/misappropriation, and a single count of misconduct of office. The trial began on November 10, 2009, with Arnold M. On January 6, 2010, as part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, Dixon announced that she was resigning as mayor, effective February 4, 2010. Under the terms of the agreement Dixon will get probation before judgment (PBJ) in the recent case where she had been found guilty, as well as in a perjury trial that had been scheduled for March 2010. Under the Criminal Procedure Article, sec. 6–220 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, a PBJ is not a conviction, thereby enabling her to keep her $83,000 pension. (See our article on the new Sworn Financial Statement for more information.). During her tenure, Baltimore's homicide rate dropped for the first time in the 30 years. This was due to a crime plan she introduced in 2007 that focused on more community policing and using police resources to target the most violent offenders.