Improving public safety and enhancing trust in policing was the goal for law enforcement officers across Maryland as we worked with members of the General Assembly. 

When the session began, dozens of bills were introduced that addressed nearly every aspect of policing. Legislation passed the Maryland General Assembly, despite a veto by Governor Hogan. While the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights was repealed, the main bill, HB 670, the Maryland Police Accountability Act, restored the due process rights of officers. The restoration of these basic employment rights was imperative to ensuring officers are afforded a fair disciplinary process.

In order to keep Maryland safe, we agree with Governor Hogan—there is still work to be done. The use of force law, release of personnel records, and due process sections of the new reform legislation, in particular, need revisions in order to prevent risks to our community. Law enforcement officers across the state will keep working collaboratively with elected officials to continue to enact meaningful police reform that improves public safety and trust in policing while preserving law enforcement officers and their profession.

“[The bill] will result in great damage to police recruitment and retention, posing significant risks to public safety throughout our state.”

 

GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN

Police accountability reform legislation to become law includes:

SB 71: Body Worn Cameras (BWC), Employee Programs, and Use of Force

SB 178: Search Warrants and Inspection of Records Relating to Police Misconduct (Anton’s Law)

SB 786: Baltimore City – Control of the Police Department of Baltimore City

SB 600: Surplus Military Equipment and Investigation of Deaths Caused by Police Officers

HB 670: Maryland Police Accountability Act-Police Discipline and Law Enforcement Programs and Procedures (Due Process/LEOBR replacement)

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