The Baltimore Police Department is in the process of revising many of its policies and procedures.  As work proceeds on a number of important areas, the Monitoring Plan calls for the public to provide their feedback, comments, and expectations – so that the community helps set the agenda and shape the changes to come.


Use of Force

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is in the process of drafting revised use of force policies consistent with the requirements of the Consent Decree.

After taking into consideration comments from the Monitoring Team and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as initial comments from members of the community, BPD has issued certain proposed policies regarding use of force, including the core use of force policy, Policy 1115.

The First-Year Monitoring Plan calls for public comments on these proposed policies. In combination with the Department of Justice and the Monitoring Team, BPD will consider these public comments before the policies are finalized.

The comment period is open through May 18, 2018.  Note that in the coming weeks, BPD will be making available for public comment additional proposed use of force policies, including policies specifically addressing both the requirement to de-escalate and internal review of use of force incidents.

You can provide your comments on the core use of force policy:

  • By completing an online questionnaire;
  • By mailing a letter to the Monitoring Team at the following address: BPD Monitoring Team; c/o Kenneth Thompson; Venable LLP; 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 900; Baltimore, MD 21202; or
  • By hand-delivering a letter to the Monitoring Team’s office at 7 E. Redwood Street, 6th Floor, in Baltimore.

impartial policing

Body-Worn Cameras

Stops, Searches, and ARrests

Transportation of Persons in Custody

First-Amendment Protected Activities

Work is also getting underway on various new policies addressing:

  • BPD's commitment to fair and impartial training;
  • Officer use of body-worn camera devices to record various police interactions;
  • Standards, procedures, and protocols for officers stopping residents, detaining them, searching them, and arresting them;
  • Standards and procedures for transporting arrested individuals into custody; and
  • Interacting with individuals who are exercising their free speech and assembly rights.

You can provide your general comments on what you think BPD should consider when revising policies in each of these areas:

  • By completing an online questionnaire;
  • By mailing a letter to the Monitoring Team at the following address: BPD Monitoring Team; c/o Kenneth Thompson; Venable LLP; 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 900; Baltimore, MD 21202; or
  • By hand-delivering a letter to the Monitoring Team’s office at 7 E. Redwood Street, 6th Floor, in Baltimore.