COMMENT PERIOD FOR FINALIZED DRAFTS OF NEW BPD POLICIES and Training curriculum

 

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) will implement a first-responder model of Crisis Intervention as a component of Baltimore City’s Behavioral Health and Crisis Response Systems. The department will identify (1) Strategies for de-escalating crises and connecting individuals to community resources that provide appropriate service; (2) Appropriate use of hospital emergency services only after less restrictive alternatives have been considered; (3) Opportunities for diversion from the criminal justice system; (4) Methods for addressing the long-term needs of individuals and families in order to provide for the least police-involved response. The purpose of these policies is to provide guidance for members to adequately respond to persons experiencing Behavioral Health Disabilities or in Crisis. To review the policies please visit the following links:

The community now has an opportunity to provide input and feedback on the initial draft of these policies.  The community’s comments will be reviewed and taken into consideration before BPD finalizes the policy in late summer. 

Your comments on the policies can be submitted in one of five ways:

  • By providing feedback on the CPD Monitoring Team via the following survey.

  • By emailing a letter or comments to the Monitoring Team at info@bpdmonitor.com

  • 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 mailing a letter to the Monitoring Team at the following address: BCMC Attn: Ray Kelly 3333 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218;

  • By hand-delivering a letter to the Monitoring Team at Venable or BCMC

  • By leaving a comment with BPD on their Let’s Hear Your Feedback page. (Be sure to note the policy number on the comment submission form.)

The preferred method for communication with the CD Monitoring Team is via our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BHDPolicy.

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. The Second- 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 June 7, 2019.


After consulting with the Monitoring Team and the Department of Justice, BPD has issued an INITIAL DRAFT of new training curriculum on USE OF FORCE.  This curriculum reflects the revised use of force policies that BPD recently adopted under the Consent Decree, and incorporates interactive learning techniques, including scenarios and discussions, that BPD has not used extensively before. Note that the curriculum comes in two parts: an e-learning component and an in-class component. BPD officers must complete the e-learning component (which emphasizes basic concepts in BPD’s use of force policies) before receiving the in-class component. The curriculum may be viewed here.

The community now has an opportunity to provide input and feedback on the initial draft of BPD’s Use of Force Training Curriculum.  The community’s comments will be reviewed and taken into consideration before BPD finalizes the curriculum. 

Your comments on the draft training curriculum can be submitted in one of four ways:

  • By emailing a letter or comments to the Monitoring Team at info@bpdmonitor.com

  • 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 mailing a letter to the Monitoring Team at the following address: BCMC Attn: Ray Kelly 3333 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218;

  • By hand-delivering a letter to the Monitoring Team at Venable or BCMC

  • By leaving a comment with BPD on their Let’s Hear Your Feedback page. (Be sure to note the policy number on the comment submission form.)

The preferred method for communication with the CD Monitoring Team is via email at info@bpdmonitor.com. The comment period is open through May 10, 2019.

We look forward to your input!