Police Accountability Board
COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS TO THE POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD
Public safety and building community trust in law enforcement are top priorities for the Prince George’s County Council.
Convening a virtual Special Session and following a Committee of the Whole meeting, including public comment, on Monday, August 29, 2022, the Council adopted legislation establishing a public engagement process for the selection of members to serve on the Police Accountability Board, nominated by both the County Executive and County Council.
Under a legislative package of police reforms enacted in July by the County Council and effective on August 29th, new state requirements for improved policing and the establishment of a Police Accountability Board were implemented. CB-021-2022 included in the legislative package, required the resolution setting forth the public engagement process for selecting members to the Police Accountability Board. Council Resolution-090-2022 was adopted by the Council on Monday, August 29, 2022.
Pursuant to CB-021-2022, the Prince George’s County Council must appoint five members to serve on the 11-member Police Accountability Board. Addressing the longstanding issue of police accountability is a serious matter, and our commitment to achieving meaningful reform will be evident in a measured, deliberate, and transparent process, resulting in the selection of fair-minded, objective appointees.
We strongly encourage interested and engaged County residents to partner with us in this critical effort and apply for membership on the Police Accountability Board.
Eligible Individuals must have met the qualifications outlined in CB-021-2022. The application period was Thursday, September 1, 2022 to Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
The County Council held a virtual Candidate Informational Meeting/Listening Session on Tuesday, September 27th to hear from candidates under Council consideration to serve on the Police Accountability Board. The County Council will appoint five members to the 11-member Board. Six members, to include the Chair, will be appointed by the County Executive. After completing the Council application process and being deemed eligible for consideration, 17 candidates appeared before the Council on September 27, 2022, to present their qualifications to Council Members, residents and interested stakeholders. The Council will select five nominees from this group. After background checks, Council action for the nominees is tentatively scheduled for October 11th.