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File #: 22-0256    Version: Name: Public Safety Apprenticeship Program Advisory Commission
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 7/25/2022 In control: Public Safety and Government Operations
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Public Safety Apprenticeship Program Advisory Commission For the purpose of defining certain terms; establishing the Baltimore City Public Safety Apprenticeship Program Advisory Commission; providing for the purpose, composition, and duties of the Commission; establishing terms, procedures, and duties of the Commission; and generally relating to the Baltimore City Public Safety Apprenticeship Program Advisory Commission.
Indexes: Apprenticeship Program, Public Safety
Attachments: 1. 22-0256(1)~1st Reader, 2. 22-0256 Fire, 3. Finance 22-0256, 4. OEM 22.0256, 5. 22-0256 - City Schools - Public Safety Apprenticeship Program Advisory Commission, 6. 22-0256 - Law
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2/6/20231 Public Safety and Government Operations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/15/20220 Public Safety and Government Operations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/28/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/28/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor’s Office of Employment Development  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/28/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor's Office of Emergency Management  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/28/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Sheriff's Office  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/28/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Baltimore City Public School System  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/28/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/28/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Fire Department  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/28/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Police Department  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/28/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Finance  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/25/20220 Baltimore City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/25/20220 Baltimore City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

Introductory*

 

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill          

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmember Burnett

                                                                                                                                  

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

title

Public Safety Apprenticeship Program Advisory Commission

For the purpose of defining certain terms; establishing the Baltimore City Public Safety Apprenticeship Program Advisory Commission; providing for the purpose, composition, and duties of the Commission; establishing terms, procedures, and duties of the Commission; and generally relating to the Baltimore City Public Safety Apprenticeship Program Advisory Commission.

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By amending

Article 1 - Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencis

Section 29-1, to be under the new part designation,

“Part 1.  General Provisions”

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

By adding

Article 1 - Mayor, City Council, and Executive Agencies

Sections 29A-6 through 29A-11 to be under the new part designation,

“Part 2.  Advisory Commission”

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the Laws of Baltimore City read as follows:

 

                     Baltimore City Code

 

                     Article 1.  Mayor, City Council, and Executive Agencies

 

                     Subtitle 29A.  Public Safety Apprenticeship Program

 

Part 1.  General Provisions

 

§ 29A-1. Definitions.

 

(a)                     In general.

 

In this subtitle, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

 

(b)                     Cadet.                      

 

Cadet means a participant in the Public Safety Apprenticeship Program who:

 

(1)                     has been hired into a specialized training program aimed at introducing young adults to public safety careers; and

 

(2)   is at least 18 but no more than 21 years old.

 

(c)                     Chief.

 

Chief means the Chief of the Baltimore City Fire Department.

 

(d)                     Commission.

 

Commission means the Public Safety Apprenticeship Program Advisory Commission.

 

(e)                     Commissioner.

 

Commissioner means the Commissioner of the Baltimore City Police Department.

 

(f) [(c)]  Department.

 

Department means the Baltimore City Fire Department.

 

(g)                     Equity.

 

“Equity” has the meaning stated in Article 1 § 39-1 {“Definitions”} of the Baltimore City Code.

 

(h)  [(d)]  Explorer.

 

“Explorer” means a participant in the Public Safety Apprenticeship Program who is:

 

(1)                     a Baltimore City resident;

 

(2)                     enrolled in a public, public charter, private, or parochial school within Baltimore City; and

 

(3)                     at least 11 but no more than 18 years old.

 

(i) [(e)]  Public safety agency.

 

“Public safety agency” means the following:

 

(1) Baltimore City Fire Department;                                                               

 

(2)                     Baltimore City Police Department;

 

(3)                     Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management;

 

(4)                     Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office; and

 

(5)                     Baltimore City School Police.

 

(j) [(f)]  Public Safety Apprenticeship Program; Program.

 

“Public Safety Apprenticeship Program” or “Program” means a program for recruiting, mentoring, training, and hiring a new generation of Baltimore City youth and young adults to prepare them for careers in law enforcement, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and emergency management.

 

(k) [(g)]  Public safety cadet post; cadet post.

 

“Public safety cadet post” or “cadet post” means the branch of the Program that engages participants who are at least 18 but no more than 21 years old.

 

(l) [(h)] Public safety explorer post; explorer post.

 

“Public safety explorer post” or “explorer post” means the branch of the Program that engages participants who are at least 11 but no more than 18 years old.

 

(m) [(i)]  Public safety internship.

 

“Public safety internship” means an 8 to 10 week paid summer internship in a Baltimore City public safety agency for participants in the Program who are at least 14 but no more than 18 years old.

 

Part 2.  Advisory Commission

 

§ 29A-6.  Commission established.

 

There is a Baltimore City Public Safety Apprenticeship Program Advisory

Commission.

 

§ 29A-7.  Purpose.

 

The purpose of the Commission is to facilitate the Public Safety Apprenticeship Program by:

 

(1)                     providing oversight, advice, and recommendations to the Fire Chief and Police Commissioner regarding Program policies and procedures;

 

(2)                     providing recommendations to better use the Program to provide equitable career pathways into public safety professions;

 

(3)                     helping to develop community engagement and recruitment initiatives focused on attracting youth and young adults from Baltimore City; and

 

(4)                     creating a Program-specific mentorship model to be implemented in the Program to connect potential applicants with current Program participants, Program alumni, and public safety professionals.

 

§ 29A-8.  Composition.

 

(a)                     In general.

 

The Commission is comprised of 7 voting members and 4 nonvoting members.

 

(b)                     Voting members.

 

(1)                     Composition.

 

The voting members shall be appointed by the Mayor in accordance with Article IV, § 6 of the City Charter and shall consist of the following individuals:

 

(i)                     1 member from the Vulcan Blazers of Baltimore City, Incorporated;

 

(ii)                     1 member from the Vanguard Justice Society, Incorporated;

 

(iii) 1 member from the American Civil Liberties Union;

 

(iv) 1 member from the National Association for the Advancement of

 Colored People;

 

(v)                     1 member from the Baltimore City Lodge #3 Fraternal Order of

police;

 

(vi) 1 member from the International Association of Firefighters Local

 734; and

 

(vii) 1 member from the International Association of Firefighters

   Local 964.

 

(2)                     Requirement.

 

(1)                     Each voting member of the Commission must be a registered voter.

 

(2)                     Each voting member must be a resident of Baltimore City.

 

(c)                     Nonvoting members.

 

The following individuals shall be nonvoting members of the Commission:

 

(1)                     The Mayor or the Mayor’s designee;

 

(2)                     The President of the City Council or the President’s designee;

 

(3)                     The Comptroller or the Comptroller’s designee; and

 

(4)                     a member of the City Council committee overseeing public safety policy, nominated by the President of the City Council.

 

§ 29A-9.  Terms and procedures.

 

(a)                     Terms.

 

(1)                     The term of a voting member is 4 years, conterminous with the terms of the Mayor and City Council.

 

(2)                     At the end of a voting member’s term, the voting member shall continue to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.

 

(b)                     Compensation.

 

The members of the Commission shall:

 

(1)                     serve without compensation; and

 

(2)                     be entitled to reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of the Commission’s duties, as provided for in the Ordinance of Estimates.

 

(c)                     Chair.

 

The Mayor shall designate a voting member to serve as Commission Chair.

 

(d)                     Meetings; quorum.

 

(1)                     The Commission shall meet on the call of the Chair when required to perform its duties, but not less than 4 times a year.

 

(2)                     A majority of the voting members constitutes a quorum for the transaction of Commission business.

 

(3)                     An affirmative vote of the majority of the voting members is needed for any official action.

 

(e)                     Open meetings.

 

All meetings of the Commission must be conducted in accordance with the State Open Meetings Act (Title 3 of the General Provisions Article of the Maryland Code).

 

§ 29A-10.  Rules and regulations.

 

Subject to Title 4 {“Administrative Procedure Act - Regulations”} of the City General Provisions Article, the Commission may adopt rules and regulations to govern its meetings and operations.

 

§ 29A-11. Duties.

 

The Commission shall:                     

 

(1)                     meet on a quarterly basis to receive a briefing on the Program;

 

(2)                     review the annual report required by § 29A-5 {“Annual report”} of this subtitle;

 

(3)                     provide oversight, advice, and recommendations to the Chief and

Commissioner on the internal policies and procedures of the Program;

 

(4)                     conduct compliance reviews of the Program to ensure equity during the employment and training processes;

 

(5)                     field and review complaints from Program participants and provide assistance in resolving the complaints;

 

(6)                     work with agencies to promote community engagement and recruitment opportunities for City residents to join the program; and

 

(7)                     convene and oversee a subcommittee consisting of 5 total individuals:

 

(i)                     whose full-time job is directly associated with:

 

(A)  the Program; or

 

(B)  conducting investigations into the unlawful discrimination in

employment and hiring practices; and

 

(ii) who include the following:

 

(A) 1 individual designated by the Baltimore City Fire                      

Department;

 

(B) 1 individual designated by the Baltimore City Police                      

Department;

 

(C) 1 individual designated by the Baltimore City Public School

System;

 

(D) 1 individual designated by the Baltimore City Office of

Equity and Civil Rights; and

 

(E)                     1 individual designated by the Mayor’s Office of

Employment Development.

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on

January 1, 2023.