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Maryland workgroup holds first meeting to address police reform and accountability

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 17:33:56-04

MARYLAND — A workgroup to address police reform and accountability in Maryland held their first meeting on Tuesday.

Delegate Vanessa E. Atterbeary is the Chair of the group and Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones made an appearance at the beginning of the meeting with a recorded statement.

The meeting featured a summary of recent policing reform legislation from 2016-2020 and information regarding the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission (MPTSC) that included use of force reports, officer discipline & serious officer incidents, and de-escalation training.

A part of a bill passed in 2016 that addressed use of force reports, states that each law enforcement agency must require a law enforcement officer who was involved in a use-of-force incident in the line of duty to file an incident report regarding the use of force by the end of the shift unless the officer is disabled.

Under that same bill, it was introduced that each law enforcement agency must annually report, as specified, to MPTSC on the number of serious officer-involved incidents, the number of officers disciplined, and the type of discipline that was administered to each officer who was disciplined.

For police policies in the state of Maryland, you can visit the “Maryland Police Policies” tab on mdle.net.

Each agency is listed by county and a link to the agency’s policies is provided under the agency’s name.

The workgroup is scheduled to meet again July 16, and a public hearing is scheduled on Aug. 6.

You can read and see everything discussed in the meeting on Tuesday by clicking here.