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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.

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
  • Senator Charles Sydnor
  • David Rose, Fraternal Order of Police
  • Chief Melissa Hyatt, Baltimore County Police Department (ex-officio)
  • Drew Vetter, Baltimore County Deputy Administrative Officer (ex-officio)

In The News

January 3:Baltimore County Work Group on Equitable Policing Announces Community Listening Sessions

Meeting Schedule

The work group will meet monthly for a period of at least six months. View the meeting agendas and minutes below, which will open as PDFs in a new window.

Date and TimeLocationMeeting Documents
December 6, 2019
1 p.m.
Historic Courthouse, Room 118
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
January 9, 2020
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
West County Listening Session
Community Listening Session
Randallstown Community Center
3505 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland 21133
February 13
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
East County Listening Session
Community Listening Session
Sollers Point Community Center
323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, Maryland 21222
February 24
2 to 4 p.m.
Historic Courthouse, Room 118
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
May 20
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via WebexCancelled
May 27
2:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Webex
June 30
2:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Webex
July 14
3 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Webex
July 28
3 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Webex
August 11
3 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Webex
August 25
3 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Webex
September 8
3 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via WebexCanceled
September 15
3 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Webex
October 2
Noon
Virtual Meeting via Webex
October 13
3:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via WebexCancelled
October 21
3 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Webex
November 18
3 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Webex

Contact Information

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

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