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Police Accountability Board

Baltimore County has begun its 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 PAB is required to be in place by July 1. 

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

Process and Timeline

The County Executive will introduce legislation in April to formally establish the PAB under the County Code. 

Community Input Opportunities

Residents wishing to speak at community input sessions can sign up in advance by emailing signup@baltimorecountymd.gov with the following information:

  • Your district and the area where you live (Example: District 2, Owings Mills)
  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  •  Issue area you will be speaking on (board compensation, board selection process, board responsibilities, general process questions

Residents will also have the opportunity to provide legislative testimony before the County Council on April 26.

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Submit Your Name for Membership Consideration

The County Executive will make appointments to the PAB following passage of the County Council legislation. If you are interested in serving on the PAB, submit an online application. There will be additional information available about the selection process in the coming months.

Note: An active police officer may not be a member, and to the extent practicable, the membership must reflect the racial, gender and cultural diversity of the County.

Contact Us

If you would like to provide feedback or have additional questions, email PAB@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Contact Us

Office of the County Executive

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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