Consent Decree Progress Overview
Created on June 10, 2021 5:15 pm Last Updated on August 18, 2022 3:52 pm
The Purpose of the Consent Decree Progress Overview
This graphic broadly summarizes BPD’s progress in implementing the reforms of the consent decree to help inform the public. Each row represents a different area of work required by the decree. Different sections require a different amount of reforms. In turn, the various sections depicted on the graph should not be taken as equivalent; rather, they represent distinct reform projects and their associated progress. Since this is a summary of a very complicated consent decree, it cannot convey every detail of the reform process. Rather, this graphic is intended as a helpful tool to depict BPD’s general status in transforming under the consent decree.
Ultimately, BPD must demonstrate it has implemented the reforms in practice – and not just in policy and training – to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Monitoring Team to successfully conclude the decree. The Monitoring Team will report on BPD’s status implementing these historic reforms in public reports. These will provide the public an independent, detailed assessment of BPD’s progress on implementing reforms beyond the summary information in this graphic.
BPD maintains this graphic and will update it based on Monitoring Team reports and BPD’s assessment of progress through the stages of reform, as detailed below. For further explanation for this graphic, please see the notes below the graphic.
Consent Decree Progress Overview Graphic
The Stages of Reform
The reform process generally progresses through the following stages:
- Policy/planning development
- Training development and delivery
- Implementing the reforms in practice
BPD must develop a required policy or plan to provide members the necessary written guidance to implement the reforms. Then, BPD must develop training on the new policy and deliver the training to required members. BPD then must implement the policy and training and prove that the Department is carrying out the reforms in practice consistently – to ultimately achieve compliance with the consent decree.
Policy and Training Phases
When BPD is developing policy and training to implement the reforms, it follows a rigorous process with intensive collaboration with the Monitoring Team and the DOJ and opportunities for public comment before finalizing directives. This process includes the following steps, which are depicted in the above graphic:
Drafting: BPD drafts the required policy/plan/training for submission and collaboration with the Monitoring Team and the DOJ.
Collaboration: BPD actively collaborates with the Monitoring Team and the DOJ on its draft of the required policy/plan/training.
Public Comment: After collaboration with the Monitoring Team and the DOJ on the required policy/plan/training, BPD posts the policy/plan/training for the public to review and provide feedback to the Department.
Approved: The Monitoring Team and the DOJ then approve the policy/plan/training after collaboration, public comment, and final revisions.
Delivery (only applies to training): BPD delivers the approved training to all required members.
After BPD delivers any required training on an approved policy, BPD then implements the policy, requiring members to follow the new directives in practice. The last column in the graphic above, entitled “Implementation Status,” shows whether BPD has entered the implementation phase. Simply activating a new policy for implementation, however, does not mean BPD has complied with the requirements of the Consent Decree; rather, BPD must perform according to policy requirements to achieve compliance.
The Monitoring Team will provide detailed status assessments of the quality of BPD’s implementation of the mandated reforms in continual public reports. BPD will update this graphic in the future to demonstrate where BPD is in the process of achieving compliance, reflecting the Monitoring Team’s assessments of BPD’s progress.
What Each “Section” Refers To
The “Sections” shown on the graphic above correspond to specific paragraphs of the consent decree as detailed below. For example, “Community Oversight Task Force (Paragraphs 10-14)” means “Community Oversight Task Force” on the graphic above refers to consent decree paragraphs 10-14.
- Community Oversight Task Force (Paragraphs 10-14)
- Community Policing (Paragraphs 15-26)
- Stops, Field Interviews, and Voluntary Contacts (Paragraphs 27-46, 67, 68)
- Searches (Paragraphs 27-30, 47-59, 67, 68)
- Arrests (Paragraphs 27-30, 60-66, 67, 68)
- Stops, Searches, and Arrests: Supervision (Paragraphs 69-86)
- Impartial Policing (Paragraphs 87-95)
- Behavioral Health: General (Paragraphs 96, 98-100, 112-122)
- Behavioral Health: CIT Officers (Paragraphs 101-103, 106-11)
- Behavioral Health: System Coordination (Paragraphs 97, 104-105)
- Use of Force: General (Paragraphs 123-168)
- Use of Force: Reporting & Supervision (Paragraphs 169-217)
- Interactions with Youth (Paragraphs 218-221)
- Transportation of Persons in Custody (Paragraphs 222-238)
- First Amendment Protected Activities (Paragraphs 239-256)
- Sexual Assault Investigations (Paragraphs 257-266)
- Technology Modernization (Paragraphs 267-278)
- Policies Generally (Paragraphs 279-290)
- Training Generally (Paragraphs 291-300)
- Supervision: Field Training (Paragraphs 301-302)
- Supervision: Duties & Training (Paragraphs 303-311, 328)
- Supervision: Early Intervention (Paragraphs 312-327)
- Misconduct: Transparency (Paragraphs 394-396, 398-399, 402, 404-405, 415)
- Misconduct: Intake (Paragraphs 335-342, 397, 400-401, 406-408)
- Misconduct: Investigations (Paragraphs 330-334, 343-371, 392-393, 409-414)
- Misconduct: Discipline (Paragraphs 372-391, 403)
- School Police (Paragraphs 416-418)
- Staffing, Recruitment, and Retention (Paragraphs 419-430)
- Employee Performance Evaluations (Paragraphs 431-434)
- Promotions (Paragraph 435)
- Officer Assistance (Paragraphs 436-441)
If you have any questions or comments regarding this graphic, please contact Policy@BaltimorePolice.org.