COUNTY EXECUTIVE ALSOBROOKS ANNOUNCES POLICE REFORM RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

(LARGO – February 6, 2020) – Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced today that she is implementing 46 of the 50 police reform recommendations that were submitted in a comprehensive report by the Police Reform Work Group that she created in July 2020.

“I am confident that the reforms we are implementing today will help our Police Department better serve the community and become a model for the nation,” said Alsobrooks. “I want to thank the members of our Police Reform Work Group for developing these insightful recommendations after months of a thorough review of our Police Department and significant community engagement.”

The Police Reform Work Group worked for five months to conduct a comprehensive study and review of the Police Department, creating a recommendation report that was submitted to County Executive Alsobrooks on December 4, 2020. The recommendations spanned five key areas for improvement, including community engagement; employee recruitment and retention; financial management; independent oversight, compliance, and integrity; and internal policies and regulation. Out of the 50 proposed reforms from the Work Group, the County Executive adopted 35 as written, amended 11, and omitted four.

“It was an honor to be part of the Police Reform Work Group,” said Judge Maureen Lamasney, Police Reform Work Group Co-Chair. “I am looking forward to seeing our recommendations implemented and receiving feedback from the community and Police department.”

Several recommendations that were implemented under the five key areas are included below:

Community Engagement

  • The County will be making changes to reform the way law enforcement engages with the community by investing in mental health programs and restorative approaches to student discipline to help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • The County will overhaul the Crisis Response System to better support mental health/crisis intervention, helping keep residents suffering with mental illnesses out of jail and providing them with the opportunity to get help.
  • The County will build out the Police Department’s Community Services Division and hire a civilian Community Services Director.

Employee Recruitment and Retention

  • The County will establish a fair, balanced, and robust hiring process that will recruit qualified diverse individuals.
  • The County will create an incentive for current officers to live in the County and invest in the mental and physical well-being of PGPD officers.

Financial Management

  • The County will work to reimagine PGPD’s budget to effectively deliver public safety reforms that the community deserves.
  • The County will continue to review and conduct an annual financial audit of all payouts, lawsuits, settlements, and fines related to PGPD while improving accessibility to the budget process and arbitration hearing records.

Independent Oversight, Compliance, and Integrity

  • The County will establish an Office of Integrity and Compliance where the Inspector General will serve as the Director, and the Inspector General’s Office will be moved out of the Police Department. The Office will also hire a Race & Gender Equity Director.
  • The County will create a more robust and equitable Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel (CCOP).
  • The County will pursue and acquire the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Certification, which is the gold standard in public safety certification for community-oriented policing.

Internal Policies and Regulation

  • The County will establish a public data dashboard that will create additional transparency around traffic stops and subsequent actions taken by police officers, no-knock and night-time search warrants, and the use of flash bangs and other such equipment.
  • The County will work to improve access and operations of all PGPD cameras.
  • The County will establish a robust customer service campaign in PGPD.

The Final Adoption Report with all the recommendations is available for review at

https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3542/Police-Reform-Work-Group.