County Council to Meet Tomorrow to Conduct Public Hearings on Legislation to Improve Police Accountability and Training
The Montgomery County Council will meet virtually tomorrow to discuss the Community Informed Police Training bill that was introduced by Councilmember Will Jawando. The bill would create new requirements related to the recruitment, training and continuing education of police officers.
There will also be a public hearing on improving police accountability through the random review of body-worn camera footage.
Per Montgomery County:
For Immediate Release: Monday, June 21, 2021
Public hearing: The Council will hold a public hearing on Bill 17-21, Police – Community Informed Police Training, introduced by lead sponsor Councilmember Jawando. Councilmember Riemer is a cosponsor of the legislation.
The purpose of the bill is to create partnerships between the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) and local educational institutions to recruit and train police officers in a manner that promotes community informed policing.
Bill 17-21 would create new requirements related to the recruitment, training and continuing education of police officers. In addition, the bill would require MCPD to collaborate and partner with local educational institutions to expand the recruitment of police cadets who reflect the diversity of the County, sponsor communication sessions with prospective cadets and community members and develop internship programs for prospective cadets.
Public hearing: The Council will hold a public hearing on Bill 18-21, which was introduced by lead sponsor Council President Hucker to improve police accountability through the random review of body-worn camera footage and through the prompt reporting of serious Internal Affairs Division (IAD) investigations. Councilmembers Jawando, Riemer, Glass, Navarro and Rice are cosponsors of the legislation.
The bill requires the Montgomery County Police Department to issue a body-worn camera for the use of an on-duty employee of the department whenever the officer is wearing a uniform or prominently displaying a badge or insignia.
The bill would also mandate internal random reviews of body-worn camera recordings to evaluate officer performance and compliance with police rules. In addition, the bill would require that certain types of potential administrative misconduct discovered on body-camera recordings be investigated by the IAD.
The virtual Council and Committee meetings will be streamed live on the Council’s web page via YouTube and on Facebook Live and can be watched on County Cable Montgomery on Xfinity/RCN 6 HD 996/1056, Fios 30, and on the CCM live stream.
Release ID: 21-261
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Benjamin Sky Brandt 240-777-7884