Restore Local Control of the Baltimore City Police Department
For more than 160 years, the Baltimore City Police Department, by law, has been a State agency. It’s the only jurisdiction in Maryland – and the only city of its size in the country – that doesn’t have control over its own police department.
BPD has serious and systemic problems that need to be addressed, especially persistent brutality against Black residents. The people who should set policy and hold BPD accountable for their actions are on the Baltimore City Council. However, since BPD is a state agency, the Baltimore City Council is largely prevented from exercising this accountability role. It’s time to pass local control and start rebuilding broken trust.
Local control of the BPD is one of five legislative demands of the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability, a large, diverse, and statewide coalition of over 90 organizations working to reimagine policing in Maryland.
Take action and tell your legislators to give Baltimore City control over their own police department. Vote YES on HB 1027 / SB 786.
Please take action now.
Maryland State Delegates and Senators