Equity Steering Committee
About the Baltimore Police Department Equity Steering Committee
The mission of BPD’s Equity Steering Committee (ESC) is to provide recommendations to the Police Commissioner that operationalize and institutionalize the Department’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The ESC will fulfill its mission through the following goals:
- Identify opportunities within and outside the Department that enhance training and professional development in valuing diversity and cultural competence.
- Identify and recommend opportunities to improve standards, practices, and procedures to create an organizational culture of inclusion and equity.
- Recognize exemplary practices, programs, and individuals that embody a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Ensure that the achievement of diversity, equity, and inclusion are guiding principles in every aspect of the Department’s activities.
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 ESC will comprise the deputy commissioners; chiefs of staff, legal affairs, finance, information technology, forensic sciences and evidence services, patrol, and criminal investigation; Managing Director of Human Resources; Director of Officer Safety and Wellness; chairs of employee resource/affinity groups; two representatives of the Community Collaboration Council; and the BPD Equity Officer.