Consent Decree Basics
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Learn about the Consent Decree with this easy-to-follow overview brochure. Find out the history of the Consent Decree, the topics includes and read answers to some frequently asked questions.
The Consent Decree is a mandate for positive transformation to benefit the community and the Department.
In 2016, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) investigated the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and found that BPD engaged in a pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing.
To address the findings, the BPD, the City, and DOJ entered into an agreement called a Consent Decree. It is a federal court order that requires changes to the Department so it can police in a constitutional manner. This includes updating and creating policies, revamping training, building systems of accountability, investing in modern technology and much more.
A federal judge oversees the implementation of these changes with the help of a group of experts from across the country called the Monitoring Team. Each year, the Monitoring Team, DOJ, BPD, and the City agree to a monitoring plan that sets deadlines for individual steps in the reform process.
Sections of the Consent Decree
The following topic sections are listed in BPD's Consent Decree. For more information on these sections and their sub-sections, read the full Decree.
- 1st Amendment Protected Activity
- Community Policing and Engagement
- Coordination with School Police
- Crisis Intervention/Behavioral Health
- Handling of Reports of Sexual Assault
- Impartial Policing
- Interactions with Youth
- Misconduct Investigations & Discipline
- Officer Assistance and Support
- Stops, Searches & Arrests
- Transportation of Persons in Custody
- Use of Force
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