BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will introduce legislation to establish a police accountability board in the county Monday night.
The council would be a civilian panel to work with law enforcement and county officials to make recommendations to improve policing.
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The legislation complies with the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021which requires every county to have a police accountability board by July 1, 2022.
“We are continually working to improve accountability in our government, including in our police department,” Olszewski said last month. “The Police Accountability Board will play an important role in improving law enforcement and public safety in Baltimore County, and in continuing our efforts to strengthen relationships between police and the communities we she serves.”
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The council would consist of nine members, with one member from each district of the county council and two members at large.
According to the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021, the board must:
- Hold quarterly meetings with law enforcement officials and county government to improve policing in the county.
- Appoint civilian members to indictment committees and trial councils;
- Receive complaints of police misconduct from members of the public;
- On a quarterly basis, review the results of disciplinary cases reviewed by the charging committees; and
- Submit an annual report that identifies any trends in the police officer disciplinary process in the county and makes recommendations on policy changes that would improve police accountability in the county.
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Baltimore County will vote on the proposal Monday night.