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File #: 19-0125R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action - Baltimore Police Department Civilian Staffing
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 1/14/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 1/14/2019
Enactment #:
Title: Request for State Action - Baltimore Police Department Civilian Staffing For the purpose of calling on the Maryland General Assembly to enact, and the Governor to sign, legislation that mandates a sworn officer to civilian employee staffing ratio for the Baltimore Police Department.
Sponsors: Brandon M. Scott, Bill Henry, Ryan Dorsey, Shannon Sneed, Zeke Cohen, Kristerfer Burnett, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Mary Pat Clarke, John T. Bullock
Indexes: Request for State Action
Attachments: 1. 19-0125R~1st Reader, 2. Completed File_19-0125R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Scott


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for State Action - Baltimore Police Department Civilian Staffing
For the purpose of calling on the Maryland General Assembly to enact, and the Governor to sign, legislation that mandates a sworn officer to civilian employee staffing ratio for the Baltimore Police Department.
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Staffing levels within the Baltimore Police Department have been an important topic of discussion in recent years. Much of the conversation has been related to an existing contract that requires a schedule that the Department stated it did not have enough sworn officers to fill, resulting in a significant increase in mandatory overtime and drafting of sworn officers for longer shifts. However, a staffing study required by the consent decree found that the Department had the resources necessary to increase patrol staffing, but chose not to do so. Moreover, in 2017, members of the Baltimore City Council pressed the Baltimore Police Department leadership on the number of sworn officers doing administrative work that could be carried out by civilian employees, thus allowing the sworn officers to return to the streets. The Department assured the Council that it would undergo a process to identify positions that could be changed from sworn officers to civilian employees and informed the Council that at least several hundred positions existed. When ...

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