COMMENT PERIOD FOR FINALIZED DRAFTS OF NEW BPD POLICIES

 

After considering the community’s initial feedback, as well as guidance from the Monitoring Team and the Department of Justice, BPD has finalized draft policies in a number of areas.  The community now has an opportunity to provide input and feedback on all of these draft policies before they are completed and implemented.  BPD, DOJ and the Monitoring Team are presently taking public comments on final draft policies in the following areas:  sexual assault investigations, and stops, searches and arrests.  You can provide your feedback and input on draft policies in each of these areas below.  Comments can be submitted in one of three ways:

  • 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

The preferred method is the online questionnaire.  Links to the online questionnaire in each area are included below.

 

Sexual Assault InvestigationS

BPD’s draft policy on sexual assault investigations, Policy 708, is intended to guide BPD and its officers on how to conduct complete, thorough, victim-centered investigations of alleged rapes and other sexual assaults.  You can provide your comments on Policy 708 through September 28, 2018 with this online questionnaire . 

 

Stops, Searches, and arrests

BPD's draft policies on  stops, searches, arrests, and voluntary police-community interactions, are intended to ensure that BPD officers comply with Constitutional requirements when considering whether to restrict individuals’ freedom and otherwise interact with them. You can provide your comments on Policies 1007, 1013 , 1106, 1109, 1112, and 1505 through September 28, 2018 with this online questionnaire.