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The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is committed to transparency in its operations and administration and seeks opportunities to publicly share its mechanisms for holding officers, supervisors, and commanders accountable for their conduct and performance. Accordingly, we have posted the policies and procedures that guide the conduct of all police personnel, as well as information about officer involved shootings, uses of force, and citizen complaints. You will also be introduced to our partnership with the Department of Justice and our shared goal of building a culture of respect and community engagement founded upon constitutional principles and a spirit of selfless service. With the Department of Justice's guidance, the BPD will fight crime more effectively as it improves training, recruitment, supervision, the disciplinary process, and relationships with Baltimore's many diverse communities. We hope the information here provides understanding of the work the department is doing to underscore its commitment to professionally serve and protect Baltimore's residents, workers, and visitors.

Body Worn Cameras Body worn cameras (BWC) are quickly becoming standard-issue equipment for law enforcement officers throughout the United States. Not only do the cameras serve as useful tools for recording evidence, more importantly they promote professionalism, accountability, and transparency by documenting officer performance and interactions with the public. The Baltimore Police Department began the rollout of its BWC program on May 26, 2016, pursuant to an exhaustive procurement process, including pilot testing of three different BWC models.The five-year contract for the program, including equipment, storage, and maintenance, is $11,600,000. Within two years (2018), every sworn member of the police department will be outfitted with a BWC. Thus far, officers and supervisors assigned to each of the nine patrol districts as well as specialized enforcement units from the Operational Investigations Division and the Special Operations & Development Division have been issued body worn cameras. What Are the Cameras Recording? In just the first six months of the department's BWC program, officers captured over 133,000 discrete videos with over 23,400 hours of recording. Included in these videos were more than 95,000 calls for service, 15,300 car stops, and 15,900 arrests. As part of the discovery process, almost 4,900 cases were turned over to the Office of the State's Attorney for prosecution of various criminal offenses. Officer Accountability The Baltimore Police Department takes very seriously any officer conduct that casts the department and its members in an unfavorable light. While all but a very small percentage of videos show officers performing their duties professionally and constitutionally, the department's review of BWC video has found some instances of possible misconduct. In the first six months of the department's BWC program, 47 videos were forwarded to the Internal Affairs Section for further review and investigation of possible officer misconduct. To request body worn camera footage, please download "MPIA Form for Body Worn Camera Video" and email the completed form to "[email protected]"

Use of Force Baltimore police officers have taken an oath to protect and serve the city's residents, workers, and visitors. In carrying out these duties, it is the policy and commitment of the Baltimore Police Department to uphold the sanctity of human life and individual liberty. Use of Force Investigations All Level 1 uses of force and Level 2 uses of force undergo an exhaustive, multi-layered review by an officer's sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and major/commanding officer. Once the officer's chain-of-command has reviewed the officer's actions, the investigation — including the statements of any involved or witnessing officers, statements of any independent witnesses, statement of the subject(s) on whom force was used, video surveillance, photographs, medical records, body-worn camera footage, and any other available evidence — is forwarded to the Compliance, Accountability & External Affairs Division for review by the Use of Force Assessment Unit (UFAU). The UFAU determines whether or not all 34 use of force investigative actions have been taken by the officer's chain of command; if not, the unit returns the report for additional investigation and/or documentation. Additionally, the Performance Review Board (PRB) — comprised of members of all ranks from the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Legal Affairs Section, Professional Development & Training Academy, Office of Professional Responsibility, and the Compliance,Accountability & External Affairs Division — reviews a random sample of 10% of all Level 2 use of force incidents for compliance with departmental policy. Finally, the Civilian Review Board of Baltimore City (CRB) is City agency independent of the Baltimore Police Department, through which members of the public can issue a complaint against officers, including allegations of excessive force Accountability & External Affairs Division. All Level 3 uses of force are investigated by the police department's Special Investigations Response Team (SIRT), a well-trained unit of supervisors and detectives with extensive experience investigating homicides, shootings, sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts, and internal affairs cases. At the conclusion of their investigation, and pending any additional criminal investigation or prosecutorial review by the Office of the State's Attorney, the PRB makes a determination on the issues below and provides written recommendations for improvement to the Police Commissioner:  Whether the initial police contact was conducted in a manner that was constitutional, consistent with training, and consistent with policy;  Whether involved members acted in accordance with BPD policy  Whether the investigation of the incident was thorough and complete  Whether the member's use of force was objectively reasonable based on the totality of the circumstances  Whether the member attempted to de-escalate  Whether different tactical decisions could have allowed the member to resolve the incident without the need to use force  Whether the member's actions were consistent with training and  Whether any deficiencies in policy, training, supervision, tactics, or equipment were identified during the review. The PRB's decision may result in disciplinary charges, additional training, and/or amendment of department policies and training practices. Deadly Force Deadly force is to be employed only in the most extreme circumstances and when all lesser means of force have failed or could not be reasonably employed. Baltimore police officers respond to roughly 3,300 calls for service every day. The overwhelming majority of these calls are handled without significant incident and result in satisfactory service. Unfortunately, while fulfilling the duty to serve and protect, officers sometimes encounter life-threatening situations, resulting in the use of deadly force to protect themselves and/or citizens. When an officer uses deadly force, the officer is removed from street duty while the circumstances of the incident and the actions of all involved officers undergo a thorough and unbiased review. The Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City reviews all police involved shootings, as well as other deadly force incidents, for consideration of criminal charges. Before an officer who has been involved in a shooting is permitted to return to street duty, he or she must meet with a licensed psychological services provider and complete an after-action training program at the firearms range. These measures are taken to ensure the officer is not suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or is otherwise not prepared to return to street duty. What Is An Officer Involved Shooting? An officer involved shooting is the discharge of a firearm, whether accidental or intentional, by a police officer, whether on duty or off duty. Why Do We Post Police Officer Involved Shooting Information? We post this information to make transparent the police department's process and progress when an officer involved shooting occurs. We believe public trust and confidence in the BPD will increase with an understanding of what our officers encounter, how we prepare them for these encounters, and how we hold them accountable for their actions. We are continuously reviewing and improving our policies and procedures to reflect national best practices, especially those surrounding the critical issue of deadly force. Training Procedures Firearms and other use of force (e.g., hands, pepper spray, expandable baton, conducted electrical weapon) training is consistent with and reinforces police department policy. Officers receive tactical training and firearms certification in the police academy, annual firearms training while on the force, and mandatory retraining after the discharge of a firearm. This training includes reality-based, decision-making scenarios, and reinforces the fact that most police-citizen interactions are non-violent. Through training, we equip officers with the tools needed to make sound decisions in stressful, rapidly evolving situations. We train officers to use de-escalation techniques and tactical maneuvers that minimize the chances a scenario will call for the use of deadly force. Use of Force Policies The BPD takes the use of deadly force very seriously. We have an obligation to ensure the Department's policies comport with the Constitution and federal and state law, and promote de-escalation tactics. We are further obligated to provide our officers with quality training so that they are well positioned to comply with these policies. Policy 414, Less-Lethal Munitions and Chemical Agents Policy 719, Conducted Electrical Weapon Policy 724, Performance Review Board Policy 725, Use of Force Assessment and Review Policy 1111, Batons/Impact Weapons Policy 1115, Use of Force Policy 1118, Oleoresin Capsicum Spray Individual Shooting Summaries For the purposes of this chart, an officer involved shooting refers only to those instances in which an officer discharged a firearm at a person. The case numbers are not always sequential because incidents such as accidental discharges and animal shootings (e.g., to save a child from being attacked by a vicious dog or to end the suffering of a deer that has been struck by a car) are not included in this chart. A summary of each incident will be forthcoming as this new website is further developed and the BPD expands its opportunities to share more information with the public. The state's attorney may find the police involved shooting justified and decline prosecution, or determine that the shooting is not justified and refer the case to a grand jury for criminal indictment. Equally important to note is the prohibition on posting the specific rulings and recommendations of the Performance Review Board (PRB). According to Md. Code. Ann., General Provisions Article 4-311(a), the BPD (and other employers) is prohibited from providing personnel record information pertaining to its past and present employees. To comply with this law but also fulfill the public's desire to know what occurs in the PRB, the BPD will publish an annual report of anonymized, aggregated data on the decisions and recommendations of the PRB. The first annual report will be published within 30 days of the one year anniversary of the first meeting of the PRB, which was held on August 18, 2016.

Policies The policies of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), issued under the authority of the Police Commissioner, set forth the standards, values, and expectations of the BPD. These policies and procedures exist to maintain high levels of professional conduct and are the embodiment of the BPD's concerns for ensuring effective, safe, and constitutional law enforcement. We review evidence-based research and consult publications written by the Department of Justice, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, and other professional organizations to adopt policies that reflect national best practices. Some information has been redacted from the policies because it is law enforcement sensitive. Other redactions are to ensure the safety of citizens, crime victims, and members of the Baltimore Police Department. Additional redactions shield internal telephone numbers and email addresses to ensure that confidential or privileged means of communication are not compromised. We encourage you to read the policies, and we welcome your comments via the link provided.   102 Departmental Written Directives
  104 Incident Reporting
  107 Offense Clearance Procedure
  111 Ex Parte and Protective Orders 0
  202 Acting Police Commissioner Designated Order Of Succession
  207 Selection And Identification Of The Officer In Charge
  209 Police Cadet Program
  212 Field Training Evaluation Program
  301 Code Of Ethics
  302 Rules And Regulations
  305 Department Values Vision And Mission
  310 Disciplinary Matrix
  312 Professional Appearance Standards
  313 Limited Presence In Public Locations
  314 Fraternization And Nepotism
  315 Professional Enhancement Program Early Warning System
  316 Mandatory Appearances
  317 Fair And Impartial Policing
  318 Employee Professional Work Week
  402 Command Inspections Audits
  403 Internal Audits, Inspections and Risk Management Assessment Procedures
  404 Daily Activity Report
  406 Roll Call Training
  407 Firearms Training Facilities Safety And Administrative Procedures
  408 College Tuition Assistance Educational Incentive Program
  409 Firearms Regulations
  411 Purchase Of Service Weapons
  412 Patrol Rifle Program
  413 Mobile Field Force
  414 Less Lethal Munitions And Chemical Agents
  502 Auxiliary Police Unit
  503 Transportation Of Passengers In Departmental Vehicles
  506 Telephone Reporting Unit
  507 Honor Guard
  508 Explorer Program
  601 Member Confidentiality Obligations And Media Releases
  602 Public Speech
  603 Document Compliance Unit
  604 Social Media
  701 Departmental Radio Communications
  705 Procedure For Assist An Officer Call
  707 Bomb Threat or Suspicious Package Call for Service
  708 Rape And Sexual Assault
  709 Kidnapping Extortion Abduction Investigations 0
  710 Level 3 Use of Force Investigations
  711 Domestic Violence
  713 Responding To Mental Health Emergencies And Petitions For Emergency Evaluations
  714 Missing Persons
  717 Senior Citizen Involved Incidents
  718 Senior Vulnerable Citizen Database
  719 Conducted Electrical Weapon
  720 Lesbian Gay Bisexual And Transgender Involved Incidents 0
  721 Arson Investigations
  723 Animal Abuse Cruelty And Severe Neglect
  724 Performance Review Board
  725 Use Of Force Review And Assessment
  801 Overdose Response And Investigation Protocol
  802 Handling Codes Terrorist Response
  804 First Amendment Protected Activity
  805 Victim And Witness Assistance And Relocation
  806 Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program Lead
  808 Criminal And Civil Citation Procedures
  809 Marijuana Uniform Civil Citation
  810 Bloodborne Pathogens And Human Bites
  812 Misdemeanor Shoplifting Arrest Procedures
  815 Hate Crimes
  816 Alarm Reporting And Documentation
  819 Patrol Staffing Shortages
  821 Use Of Naloxone NARCAN For Opiod Drug Overdoses
  822 Required Notification Gun Trace Task Force
  823 Summer Patrol Staffing Policy
  824 Body Worn Cameras
  824-a MPIA Form for Body Worn Camera Video
  825 Transport Vehicle Camera System
  901 Parking Citations
  902 Towing Procedures
  904 Safety Equipment Repair Order
  905 Traffic Crash Investigation And Reporting
  906 Traffic Citations
  908 Departmental Vehicle Crashes
  1001 Confidential Informants
  1004 Cell Site Simulators
  1005 Non Uniformed Policing Standards
  1007 Search And Seizure Warrants
  1008 Investigative Operations
  1009 Double Blind Sequential Photographic Array Procedures
  1012 Criminal Informant Debriefing Form
  1013 Strip Searches And Body Cavity Searches
  1014 Video Surveillance Procedures
  1015 License Plate Readers
  1016 Citizen Observation Recording Of Police Officers
  1017 Mobile Device Searches
  1018 Quality Of Life Offenses Core Legal Elements
  1020 Task Forces
  1101 Warrant Application Review Panel
  1102 Hospital Warrants
  1103 Communicating With Individuals Who Are Deaf And Hard Of Hearing
  1104 Arrest Warrants
  1105 Custodial Interrogations
  1106 Warrantless Arrest Procedures And Probable Cause Standard
  1111 Batons Impact Weapons
  1112 Field Interviews Investigative Stops Weapons Pat Downs And Searches
  1114 Persons In Police Custody
  1115 Use Of Force
  1116 Assistance To Bail Bondsman Bounty Hunters
  1117 Adult Booking Procedures
  1118 Oleoresin Capsicum Spray
  1119 Force On Force
  1201 Child Abuse Investigations
  1202 Juvenile Consensual Non Custodial Contacts And Custody Procedures
  1203 Juvenile Peace Order Procedures
  1204 Safeguarding Children Of Arrested Parents
  1205 Juvenile Curfew
  1206 Investigations Involving Children Who Have Witnessed A Domestic Violence Related Parental Homicide
  1303 Departmental Email Usage
  1305 Use of Departmental PC Systems 0
  1306 BPDnet And Internet Usage Policy
  1307 Personal Communication Devices
  1403 Use Of Non Evidentiary Cds For K9 And Crime Lab Training
  1404 Gunshot Primer Residue Collection
  1405 Oral Swab Collection For DNA Standard
  1407 Prescription Return Boxes
  1501 The Police Badges
  1502 High Visibility Patrol
  1503 Emergency Vehicle Operation And Pursuit Policy
  1504 Departmental Uniforms And Equipment
  1509 Take Home Vehicles
  1601 Polygraph Procedures
  1602 Canine Procedures
  1701 Equal Employment Opportunity And Diversity
  1702 Secondary Employment
  1705 Transfers Filling Vacancies
  1712 Departmental Awards And Commendation
  1718 Police Chaplain Program
  1720 Drug Urinalysis Testing Programs
  1722 Civilian Performance Evaluation
  1724 Duty Officer Unit 41
  1725 Pregnancy
  1726 Family Medical Leave Act
  1728 Military Leave
  1729 Whistleblower Protection
  1730 Lactation Accommodations
  1731 Critical Incident Stress Management
  1732 USDOJ Grant Funded Programs Notice Of Nondiscrimination
  1733 Fitness For Duty
  1734 Use Of Unauthorized Training Locations Is Prohibited
  1736 Service Animals
  1803 Reimbursement For Personal Property 0
  1804 Recruitment Incentive Program
  1811 Court Procedures
  1901 Requesting Legal Opinions
  1902 Procedure For Separation From Service
  1902 Procedure For Separation From Service
  2004 Headquarters Security
  2009 Departmental Safety Program
  2102 Casino Entertainment District

Administrative Hearings The Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights affords officers accused of violating departmental policy the right to an administrative hearing to contest the allegations. At the hearing, comprised of a three-member board made up of other law enforcement officers, the department must prove the charges by a preponderance of the evidence. Both the department and the accused may be represented by legal counsel, and the board issues a finding of guilty or not guilty on each charge and makes a penalty recommendation to the police commissioner for each guilty finding. Accepted Discipline and Hearing Board Outcomes 2015

Accepted Discipline and Hearing Board Outcomes 2016

Accepted Discipline and Hearing Board Outcomes 2017

According to Maryland Public Safety Article Sec. 3-107, effective October 1, 2016, an administrative hearing shall be "open to the public, unless the chief finds a hearing must be closed for good cause, including to protect a confidential informant, an undercover officer, or a child witness." To promote transparency and uphold the spirit of the law, the Baltimore Police Department has partnered with Coppin State University (CSU) to host some of the department's administrative hearings at CSU's West Baltimore campus, located on W. North Avenue and readily accessible via public transportation. Other hearings will be held at City Hall in the Curran Room. Administrative Hearing Schedule

DOJ CAEAD Overview Under the leadership of Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, the Compliance, Accountability and External Affairs Division (CAEAD) was created to pro-actively meet and exceed industry recognized best practices and act as a catalyst to develop and establish new law enforcement standards. Additionally, the division is charged with acting as a liaison for all activities directed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), including any reforms resulting from an agreement or consent decree that emerges from the Civil Rights Division's pattern or practice investigation, as documented in its August 10, 2016 report, Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department. Commissioner Davis established key priorities based on critical issues outlined in The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, as well as the results of the DOJ's reviews of other police departments. These priorities include, but are not limited to, a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT); the citizen complaint process; training academy curriculum and instruction, such as bias based policing and procedural justice; use of force policies and investigations; open and transparent data sharing; community policing; officer wellness; early intervention systems; performance enhancement; recruitment; command and supervisor training; employee assistance programs; de-escalation; citizen stop data and annual surveys. The division also has an auditing component lead by a Captain to ensure that all the reforms are implemented and adhered to by the organization. This division, the first of its kind nationwide to be created prior to the release of the DOJ's investigative results, has been dedicated to strengthening the relationship between police and community by focusing on officer training, health and wellness, and the revamping of the accountability process. This proactive work was instrumental in developing an Agreement in Principle between the United States and the City of Baltimore that "reflects the Parties' commitment to work together and with the many communities that make up the City to ensure that the ... ('BPD') delivers services in a manner that respects the rights of residents, increases trust between officers and the communities they serve, and promotes public and officer safety." More specifically, the DOJ and BPD have committed, through an Agreement in Principle, to securing community input on reforms and concentrating on policies, training, and data collection and analysis in the following areas:  Stops, searches, and seizures  Discriminatory policing  Use of force  First Amendment  Response to sexual assaults  Supervision, accountability, and coordination  Technology and infrastructure  Officer support  Judicial enforceability, independent monitoring, and outcome measures; and  Community policing and engagement, including a focus on community policing strategies, strengthening community oversight, and increasing transparency.
Baltimore Police Consent Decree 1/12/2017 (Fully executed and as approved by the Board of Estimates)
Summary of Consent Decree 1/11/17
Reform Progress 1/11/17
Order Soliciting Comment
Please use the below email link to submit your comments regarding the DOJ Consent Decree. Your comments must be limited to 10 pages and include your full name, but no address. The deadline for written submissions is March 7th at 5pm. For complete instructions, refer to the court document. [email protected]

How to File a Complaint A citizen wishing to make a complaint against a police officer may do so by sending an email to [email protected] or by going to any police facility. You may not be turned away or instructed to go to another location to lodge your complaint. If you are turned away from the police facility, request to see a supervisor and request the name and badge number of the police officer who has refused to take your complaint. If your complaint is in reference to abusive language, harassment, false imprisonment, false arrest, or excessive force, you are requested to complete a Civilian Review Board (CRB) Form and attach it to your email. If you do not wish to file a complaint at a police facility, you may file a complaint in person or by calling any of the following locations: Internal Affairs Section
2524 Kirk Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
(410) 396-2300
Human Relations Commission
6 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 767-8600
Civilian Review Board
7 East Redwood Street
9th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 396-3141
Legal Aid Bureau
500 E. Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 539-5340
Making a false statement, report or complaint is punishable by a fine of $500, or 6 months imprisonment, or both, in accordance with Article 27, Section 150. Civilian Review Board The Civilian Review Board of Baltimore City (CRB) is an agency independent of the Baltimore Police Department through which members of the public can make allegations against police officers on matters of excessive force, abusive language, harassment, false arrest, and false imprisonment. The CRB also administers the Police Complaint Mediation Program. This program is designed to help resolve conflict and build a better understanding and relationship between police officers and residents. The mediation process offers a safe space for both parties to discuss and resolve the complaint and aims to rebuild police and community relations. Project Comport/Citizen Complaint Data The Baltimore Police Department is proud to partner with Code for America on Project Comport. Project Comport is a tool for law enforcement agencies to open their data and be accountable to their citizens. It is compatible with IA Pro, the industry-leading professional standards software used by BPD. In the comings weeks, BPD will begin posting existing internal affairs data to complement the information already posted on this site.