Civilian Hearing Board Member
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.
To be eligible to serve as a civilian member of an Administrative Hearing Board, applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements:
Candidates selected for service must complete the following training:
COMMITMENT and COMPENSATION
Once an applicant has been selected and completed the above training, 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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