Civilian Hearing Board Member

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      The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is seeking Baltimore City residents to serve as civilians on Departmental Administrative Hearing Boards. Each BPD Hearing Board panel will consist of three (3) sworn members of the Baltimore Police Department as well as two (2) civilian members, who will be selected randomly from a pool of eligible candidates. The ideal candidate is someone who is: (1) committed to public service and making a positive impact on Baltimore communities; (2) a person of integrity; (3) has strong communication skills; and (4) has no bias in favor of or against police.

      Each Hearing Board Member will evaluate evidence of alleged misconduct by BPD officers and participate in deciding whether the allegations have been proven. Specifically, each member of the Board will: (1) hear testimony from complainants, witnesses, and the accused officer; (2) examine documents and other evidentiary materials, including videos from police body-worn cameras; (3) ask questions of the witnesses, if necessary; and (4) deliberate with the other members to determine whether the evidence establishes by a preponderance of the evidence that the accused officer violated BPD policy. At the conclusion of the hearing, the members of the Board will make a finding, by majority vote, as to whether the alleged misconduct was proven by the evidence presented. If a majority of the Board (i.e., three or more members) finds the accused officer guilty, they will then make a recommendation to the Police Commissioner as to the appropriate disciplinary action to be imposed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

To be eligible to serve as a civilian member of an Administrative Hearing Board, applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements:

• Must be at least 21 years of age.
• Must be a Baltimore City resident.
• Must have no felony convictions.
• Must have no serious misdemeanor convictions, i.e., one for which a sentence of one (1) year or more could have been imposed, within the last ten (10) years.
• Must have no pending felony or serious misdemeanor charges.
• Must not be a party to or related to a party to, any legal action filed against the BPD or a member of the BPD in the member’s official capacity, within the last ten (10) years.
• Must not be a current or former BPD sworn law enforcement officer.
• Must affirm that they can be fair and impartial.
• Must be free of any bias in favor of or against police or law enforcement.
• Must not be a current or former member of the Baltimore City Civilian Review Board.
 

Candidates selected for service must complete the following trainings:

• A curriculum (approximately 40 hours) administered by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission on the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights and matters pertaining to police procedures.
• Civilian Board Member Training Program developed and conducted by the BPD.
• Participation in the BPD Ride-Along Program (a total of approximately 20 hours over four or five occasions).
 
 

COMMITMENT and COMPENSATION

      Once an applicant has been selected and completed the above trainings, they will be added to a roster of eligible civilian board members. Thereafter, every time BPD forms an Administrative Hearing Board to hear a specific case against an officer, the Office of Administrative Hearings will reach out to eligible civilians on the roster to select individuals to serve, based on their availability. Usually, one can expect to serve on an Administrative Hearing Board for 1-2 days.

     Applicants who complete all of the above eligibility requirements will receive a stipend of $500. Additionally, a nominal stipend will be paid for each Hearing Board on which they serve.

 


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