About the Equity Office (E.O.)
The Equity Office (E.O.) supports the Baltimore Police Commissioner in building the most inclusive, equitable, and diverse public safety organization in the United States. To that end, the E.O. works with BPD employees and Baltimore community members to:
- Identify disparities and unfair outcomes in any of BPD’s activities, including police service, law enforcement, hiring, promotions, discipline, budgeting, etc.
- Review, change, or create policies to produce more equitable outcomes
- Develop, review, or improve trainings to ensure employees are best equipped to advance equity
- Review, develop, and recommend changes to BPD practices to improve equity and inclusion
- Develop, strengthen, and maintain authentic community partnerships to that places the public as the primary decision maker in public safety issues.
Characteristics such as race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, and disability will not be predictive factors in outcomes related to BPD’s service, enforcement, employment, financial, training, or accountability functions.
The E.O.'s mission is to operationalize and institutionalize the Department’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Equity Office Staff
Equity Officer, Bill Joyner
The Baltimore Police Department has hired its first-ever Equity Officer, Mr. Bill Joyner. In this newly created role, Mr. Joyner leads the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that will support the department’s overall reform efforts to better serve the community.
He supports compliance efforts with the Consent Decree involving impartial policing, diversity, and inclusion. He also leads BPD’s participation in the City’s Equity Assessment Program.
A resident of Southwest Baltimore, Bill Joyner is a graduate of the University of Maryland schools of law and social work. He is excited to work with members of the agency and the public to advance equity in BPD and in the communities it serves.
Equity Program Manager, Kim Tilghman
A Baltimore native, Kim has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Towson University and a Master of Arts in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore. She has been in the public sector for over twenty years and with the Baltimore Police Department since 2015. In her role as Equity Program Manager, Kim currently manages the following programs/initiatives:
- Youth Advisory Board
- BPD’s participation in the City's Equity Assessment Program; and
- American Sign Language (ASL) Access
Contact Kim Tilghman
Email: [email protected]