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Police Accountability Board

In the Spring of 2022 Baltimore County began the process to establish a Police Accountability Board (PAB), as required by HB0670, the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021—Police Discipline and Law Enforcement Programs and Procedures.

The local governing body must:

  1. Establish the membership of, and the budget and staff for the PAB
  2. Appoint a chair for the PAB
  3. Establish the procedures for record keeping by the PAB

Duties

Pursuant to this law, each county must have a PAB to:

  • Hold quarterly meetings with heads of law enforcement agencies, and otherwise work with law enforcement agencies and the County government to improve matters of policing
  • Appoint civilian members to charging committees and trial boards
  • Receive complaints of police misconduct filed by members of the public
  • On a quarterly basis, review outcomes of disciplinary matters considered by charging committees
  • By December 31 each year, submit a report to the governing body of the County that identifies any trends in the disciplinary process of County police officers, and makes recommendations on changes to policy that would improve police accountability in the County

Report Police Misconduct

The duties of the PAB includes receiving complaints of police misconduct filed by members of the public.

 

Process and Timeline

The Administration held two community input sessions in April to solicit feedback from residents regarding the process. Additionally, residents were able to provide input during the Council’s legislative work session on April 26.

On May 26, 2022, the Baltimore County Council enacted Bill 24-22 to establish the PAB, Administrative Charging Committee, and Trial Boards.

The PAB will consist of 9 members, including the Chair nominated by the County Executive and must be confirmed by the County Council. Seven of the members shall resident in each of the County’s 7 councilmanic districts, and two members shall be at-large representatives of the County. A member of the County Council in whose district the vacancy exists may recommend to the County Executive up to three qualified persons from the Councilmember’s district for potential appointment to the PAB. Please note this is a compensated board and candidates will be subject to a background check.

Submit Your Name for Membership Consideration

The initial application round will close on Friday, July 1. If you are interested in serving on the PAB, you must submit an online application. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by an internal panel, and candidates will be notified if they have advanced to the second round in early July.

Please note, the application will remain open continuously if you wish to be considered for future vacancies.

All applicants MUST submit an online form and include a copy of:

  • Your resume
  • A statement of interest

A member of the PAB must:

  • Be an adult age 18 years or older
  • Be a resident of Baltimore County
  • Not be an active police officer
  • To the extent possible, reflect the racial, gender, political, and cultural diversity of Baltimore County

All criteria for eligibility are listed in the enrolled Council Bill 24-22. Please refer to this legislation to see if you qualify.

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Police Accountability Board

400 Washington Avenue
Mezzanine Level
Towson, Maryland 21204

Hours

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone

Fax

410-832-8496

County Executive

John A. Olszewski, Jr.

 
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