Baltimore County Council Passes ‘SMART’ Police Reform Act

The Baltimore County Council has passed the Strengthening Modernization, Accountability, Reform, and Transparency (SMART) Policing Act. 

The SMART Act was introduced by Baltimore County Council Member Julian Jones and had the support of County Executive Johnny Olszewski. The bill was amended after being tabled by the Council in August.

The Baltimore Sun reports on what the SMART Act will require in addition to setting use of force restrictions and providing whistleblower protections:

Police will be required to provide aid to anyone in custody who is injured or complains of an injury, which includes calling for medical assistance. Under the legislation, the department will also be prohibited from hiring officers from another jurisdiction when those officers have been fired or have resigned due to disciplinary concerns, but the police chief can still approve the hiring decision. Officers will also undergo more annual training on de-escalation techniques, bias and use of force.

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Baltimore County Council Introduces “SMART” Police Reform Bill

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