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.


Initial comment surveys:

Stops, Searches, and Arrests,

First-Amendment Protected Activities &

sexual assault investigations

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 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.

Final Comment Period Surveys

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is in the process of drafting revised policies on impartial policing, which 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. 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 impartial policing, including the core impartial policy, Policy 317. 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 July 9, 2018.

You can provide your general comments on what you think BPD should consider when revising policies in this area:

  • 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 Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is in the process of drafting revised policies on transportation of persons in custody, which are aimed at ensuring the safety of arrestees and officers when arrestees are transported. 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 for transportation of persons in custody. 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 June 30, 2018.

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.