COMMENT PERIOD FOR CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS ON POLICE OVERSIGHT

The Civilian Oversight Task Force (COTF) was created to assess how the City handles civilian oversight of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and to make recommendations for improvement.  Over the past eleven months, COTF has done extensive research on civilian oversight mechanisms in other cities, met with BPD and the Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement to discuss civilian oversight, interviewed various community members and organizations to identify their concerns, and engaged with civilian oversight experts to ascertain best practices.  

On June 29, 2018, COTF generated a report that contains its findings and Recommendations.  The report can be found here.  COTF will be receiving public comments on the report through August 10, 2018. 

You can provide your general comments on what you think about the COTF's report and findings in any one of the following ways:

The Monitoring Team will provide all comments directly to COTF.


INITIAL COMMENT PERIOD FOR BPD POLICIES IN FORMATION

The Baltimore Police Department is in the process of revising various policies and procedures.  As work begins in a number of important areas, the Monitoring Plan calls for the public to weigh in with ideas and expectations – so that the community helps set the agenda and shape the changes to come. 

Policy revisions have just gotten underway in these areas:

  • Stops, Searches, and Arrests
  • Sexual Assault Investigations

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

  • By completing this 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.

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:  impartial policing, body worn cameras, and First Amendment protected activities.  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.

 

Impartial Policing

BPD’s draft policies on Fair and Impartial Policing (Policy 317) and Interactions with LGBTQ Individuals (Policy 720) are aimed at prohibiting unlawful discrimination in the performance of police duties based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender expression, sexual orientation and other personal characteristics. You can provide your comments on BPD’s draft impartial policing policies through August 3, 2018 with this online questionnaire

 

Body Worn Cameras

BPD has issued a proposed new policy on officers’ use of body worn cameras. You can provide your comments on what you think BPD’s draft body worn camera policy through July 17, 2018 with this online questionnaire.

 

First Amendment-Protected Activities

BPD has issued proposed new policies on First Amendment-Protected Activity (Policy 804) and Public Observation/Recording of Officers (Policy 1016). These policies are designed to protect the right of freedom of speech and expression, the right to freely organize and participate in public assemblies and protests, and the right of freedom to observe and record police officers when discharging their public duties.  You can provide your comments on BPD’s draft First Amendment policies through July 25, 2018 with this online questionnaire.