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STATEMENT – COUNCIL CHAIR CALVIN HAWKINS ANNOUNCES PROCESS FOR COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS TO 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 Council Resolution-090-2022, 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.
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. Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, September 1, 2022, through Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.
To apply, and for more information, CLICK HERE.