In the wake of incidents across the country of misconduct and criminal acts involving police officers, particularly those that resulted in serious injury or death of a citizen, the Maryland General Assembly enacted substantial legislation focused on police reform during the 2021 legislative session.
House Bill 670, the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 – Police Discipline and Law Enforcement Programs and Procedures, effective July 1, 2022, requires that each county governing body establish a Police Accountability Board. After a robust public process, Frederick County adopted its Police Accountability Board and Administrative Charging Committee legislation on April 26, 2022.
Frederick County Police Accountability Board has the following duties:
Members Expectations and Terms
To the maximum extent practicable, the membership of the board shall reflect the racial, gender, and cultural diversity of the county as well as representation from communities that experience a higher frequency of interactions with law enforcement, including but not limited to people who are Black/African American, Latino, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ), first or second-generation immigrants, people with disabilities, people with behavioral health concerns, and people who have experienced homelessness.
Appointees to the Board will serve staggered terms of 3 years, subject to initial appointments as follows:
Members may be reappointed but may not serve more than 2 full consecutive 3-year terms.
An individual may not be a member of the Board if:
Additional requirements, and expectations of members of the Board include:
For more detail and information, individuals may review the enacted Police Accountability Board Law here.
The County Executive is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the Police Accountability Board. Frederick County residents, who are registered voters, and who meet the criteria referenced above, may apply using the application form found at the link below.