Technical Assistance for the Baltimore (Maryland) Police Department Implementation of Consent Decree Remedial Measures

Project Summary

On April 7, 2017, the United States, the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, and the Baltimore (Maryland) Police Department (BPD) entered into a consent decree to resolve the findings of a civil rights investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) into the practices of the BPD. The BPD continues to work toward the measures outlined in the consent decree and toward reforming policing in Baltimore to increase community trust and police legitimacy and to reduce violent crime in the city.

To support the efforts of the City of Baltimore and the BPD in implementation of the consent decree, through funding from the Ford Foundation, the National Police Foundation (NPF) currently serves as a Technical Advisor to BPD. NPF is providing subject matter expertise and other support to BPD on a broad array of reforms the department is currently undertaking. So far, the NPF team has supported BPD in completing a Technology Resource Study and a Staffing Study, and supported BPD’s development of a Community Policing Plan. NPF staff are currently assisting BPD with their implementation of “Ethical Policing is Courageous” training, a peer intervention program, and development of neighborhood policing plans.

 

Methodology 

The NPF staff works in partnership with subject matter experts to address key areas identified for the BPD Technical Assistance for Consent Decree Compliance. In collaboration with the BPD, the NPF develops unique strategies tailored to Baltimore and to the requested compliance area. Generally, the technical assistance includes:

  • gathering relevant information on-site to include interviews and focus groups with BPD staff members, the Baltimore community, and stakeholders; direct observation of BPD practices and needs; and, development of surveys to identify additional needs and perceptions;
  • gathering information off-site through materials requests, follow-up interviews, and open source research;
  • analyzing department documentation, materials, and data to assess existing strengths and needs going forward, particularly in comparison to national promising practices; and,
  • developing reports and other products – as requested by BPD – that compile, organize, and describe BPD strengths and needs in the assessment areas, as well as strategies and plans for moving the department toward full compliance.

 

Publications 

 

Funding & Collaboration

The National Police Foundation’s Technical Assistance for the BPD Implementation of Consent Decree Remedial Measures is funded by the Ford Foundation.

 

Points of Contact

Jennifer Zeunik
Director of Local Programs
(202) 833-1460
Jzeunik@policefoundation.org

 

Keywords

Technical assistance; consent decree; compliance; staffing; technology; resource assessment; community policing; focus groups; community engagement