Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) Investigations Manual

The Baltimore Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Monitoring Team are releasing the draft Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) Investigations Manual for public comment. This manual reflects months of collaboration between the BPD, DOJ and the Monitoring Team. The public comment period for this manual is August 26, 2019 – September 30, 2019. Following the public comment period, the parties will consider whether further revisions are appropriate in light of the comments received. The Department will post the revised manual for a second public comment period from October 21, 2019 to November 3, 2019. BPD, DOJ, and the Monitoring Team are still considering the language related to on-duty/off-duty distinctions for criminal investigations into officer misconduct on pages 54 and 55. In addition to that issue, the parties may revisit or refine other aspects of the PIB manual.

You can provide your general comments on what you think about the draft manual in any one of the following ways:

  • By submitting your comments electronically here

  • By sending an email to info@bpdmonitor.com;

  • By mailing or hand delivering 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.

EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

Policy 1809 requires BPD members to identify and provide the prosecution any potential exculpatory and impeachment evidence favorable to a criminal defendant as soon as possible following the initiation of any criminal case in state or federal court. The evidence BPD is required to provide to the prosecution under this policy is not limited to evidence that is admissible at trial, and the duty of disclosure under this policy continues for the duration of a case—from the filing of charges through trial and appeal until the defendant has completed serving their sentence. This policy requires honesty and transparency from each BPD member and oversight from the Public Integrity Bureau (PIB). The final draft of this policy, which has incorporated prior public feedback, is open for a second and final period of public comment from August 13- August 27, 2019.

You can provide your general comments on what you think about the policy in any one of the following ways:

  • By submitting your comments electronically here

  • By sending an email to info@bpdmonitor.com;

  • By mailing or hand delivering 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.

TRAINING CURRICULUM: RESPONDING TO RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT CALLS FOR SERVICE (POLICY 708)

BPD’s e-learning curriculum on Policy 708 (rape and sex assault) trains BPD members to respond to calls for service related to sex offenses, and to treat alleged sex offense victims, using victim-centered, trauma-informed strategies. The final draft of this e-learning training curriculum, which incorporates prior public feedback, is open for a second and final period of public comment from August 14- August 28, 2019.

You can provide your general comments on what you think about the policy in any one of the following ways:

  • By submitting your comments electronically here

  • By sending an email to info@bpdmonitor.com;

  • By mailing or hand delivering 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.


Notice of Brief Postponement of Final Comment Period for Training Curriculum on Stops, Searches, Arrests and Related Aspects of Fair and Impartial Policing

Based on the feedback BPD has received, and continues to receive, from the Monitoring Team and the Department of Justice regarding BPD’s initial draft of training curriculum on Stops, Searches, Arrests and related aspects of Fair and Impartial Policing, BPD needs more time to revise the draft curriculum and issue a draft for public comment. Accordingly, the deadline for BPD to release the draft curriculum for public comment has been extended to September 23, 2019. The comment period will run for one month, from September 23 - October 23, 2019.