Baltimore County Pursues Police Reform Package

police-378255_1920 - pixabay - 6.9.12Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced a package of local police reform and accountability measures.

The reform measures come in the wake of nationwide protests spurred by deaths at the hands of the police and calls for changes.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

The county is among the first in the state to roll out broad measures in the wake of widespread protests. Annapolis has established a civilian review board, and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has said he wants to fund body-worn cameras for the county’s police department.

The Sun article lists the proposed reforms which include updating the use of force policy, building a public dashboard of police data, expanding the equitable policing workgroup, implementing new police training curriculum, and having an independent review of hiring and recruitment.

Baltimore Fishbowl provides additional context for the reforms:

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said that nationwide protests over the past two weeks, sparked by “the brutal and senseless of George Floyd,” have amplified calls for justice for people killed or unfairly treated by police, and have pushed Baltimore County to implement their own police reforms.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt, who was sworn in as the county’s first female police chief almost exactly one year ago, said that the police department has hired a director of diversity and inclusion. Baltimore County police employ body cameras.

For more information:

In new police reform initiative, Baltimore County to publish police complaints, update use of force policy and establish watchdog group (The Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore County to implement police reforms, including an update of use-of-force policy (Baltimore Fishbowl)