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Equitable Policing Work Group

The Baltimore County Work Group on Equitable Policing will examine policing policies and practices and make recommendations for ensuring equitable policing in Baltimore County. The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) collects and reports data related to traffic stops annually to the Maryland Statistical Analysis Center (MSAC).

A review of 2018 data shows that African American individuals were issued citations at a rate higher than other individuals. While the data does not necessarily indicate bias or discrimination, the County believes the data merits thorough examination. The first-of-its-kind work group will examine current policies, practices and training related to equitable policing in Baltimore County, and offer recommendations to ensure equitable policing practices and bring greater transparency and accountability to law enforcement.  

The work group will:

  • Review and analyze data provided to the Maryland Statistical Analysis Center
  • Collect and analyze additional data from BCoPD
  • Analyze benchmarking data from other political subdivisions and comparable jurisdictions across the country
  • Review current written orders and manuals relevant to traffic and person stops
  • Meet with command staff and officers in BCoPD to examine how current policing practices and principles may be influencing the data
  • Review training and supervision that police officers receive with respect to implicit bias in policing
  • Review national best practices with respect to equitable policing, traffic and person stop practices and policies, training and supervision

The group will issue a formal report with recommendations. 

Members

The work group is chaired by Baltimore County Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Troy Williams, and consists of a diverse array of knowledgeable individuals, including: 

  • Crystal Francis, Community Representative
  • Tony Fugett, Baltimore County NAACP
  • Councilman Julian Jones, Baltimore County Council District 4
  • Omer Reshid, Student Member of the Baltimore County Board of Education, Youth Representative
  • Colonel Robert McCullough, BCoPD
  • Anthony Russell, President of Blue Guardians
  • Scott Shellenberger, State’s Attorney
  • John Skinner, Professor of Criminal Justice at Towson University
  • Delegate Charles Sydnor
  • Cole Weston, Fraternal Order of Police
  • Chief Melissa Hyatt, Baltimore County Police Department (ex-officio)
  • Drew Vetter, Baltimore County Deputy Administrative Officer (ex-officio)

Meeting Schedule

The work group will meet monthly for a period of at least six months.

The first meeting will be held on Friday, December 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 118 of the Historic Courthouse, located at 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. View the meeting agenda (PDF).

Contact Information

For questions or more information about the Equitable Policing Work Group, email equitablepolicing@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
Revised December 11, 2019         

 

Contact

County Executive,
John Olszewski, Jr.
Phone: 410-887-2450

Contact the County Executive.

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