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 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. 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. Currently, NPF is assisting BPD with implementation and evaluation of “Ethical Policing is Courageous (EPIC)” training, a peer intervention program.
NPF staff works in partnership with subject matter experts to address key areas identified for BPD Technical Assistance for Consent Decree Compliance. In collaboration with BPD, NPF develops unique strategies tailored to Baltimore and to the requested compliance area. Generally, the technical assistance includes:
For the EPIC Evaluation, NPF has:
General implications for the technical assistance provided by the NPF include:
Currently, NPF is conducting a multimethod evaluation of AB training in BPD. The EPIC training aims to empower officers to intervene with peers when they recognize problematic or risky behavior. This direct intervention has the goal of reducing officer complaints, improving police-community relations, and improving the health, wellness, and safety of officers. AB training is being adopted by numerous law enforcement agencies across the country. Rigorous evaluation is timely and necessary to ensure that this training has the desired effects on officer behavior for agencies implementing programs across the nation.
This project is being funded by the Ford Foundation.
Director of Local Programs
technical assistance; consent decree; compliance; staffing; technology; resource assessment; community policing; focus groups; community engagement