In accordance with the consent decree, DOJ and BPD are seeking input on BPD policies. Although the initial comment period has expired for BPD's Use of Force policy, BALT has provided feedback on the latest draft of the policy. DOJ’s draft policy revisions for Policy 1115 Use of Force mostly address BALT’s initial recommendations for BPD policy reform.
BALT calls on the BPD to implement de-escalation techniques and training, improve crisis intervention and response, and increase transparency and accountability.
One critical concern is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the BPD and Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 3. BALT is unable to ascertain how BPD will remove this barrier to police accountability, or how the DOJ plans to address this barrier. It is essential for BALT and for the public that there is clear transparency around the MOU.
Next Steps and Upcoming Dates
BPD will produce revised drafts for a number of policies related to Use of Force on or before June 15th. Upcoming draft policies will include:
- 414 Less Lethal Munitions and Chemical Agents
- 710 Level 3 Use of Force Investigations/Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT)
- 724 Performance Review Board
- 725 Use of Force Reporting, Review, and Assessment
- 1005 Non-Uniformed Policing Standards
- 1107 De-Escalation
- 1503 Emergency Vehicle Operations and Pursuit Policy
- 1602 Canine Procedure
Policy 1107 De-Escalation remains a crucial aspect of BPD policy reform. BALT calls on BPD members to first employ de-escalation techniques before resorting to force, and on BPD to require ongoing mandatory training on de-escalation techniques.
DOJ and the Monitoring Team will follow up with comments and edits on or before June 22nd.
- The collaboration period will run from June 22nd to July 20th.
- The public comment period will run from July 27th to August 26th.
BALT will follow up with DOJ next month on these upcoming policy revisions.