Westminster, MD, Thursday, May 19, 2022 – On May 5, 2022, in Open Session, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to create a local police accountability board and administrative charging committee.  The resolution is available on the county’s website. The commissioners are now accepting applications online for the Police Accountability Board and Administrative Charging Committee. Applications should be submitted by Friday, June 17, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.

Details about the new groups, qualifications, term information and how to apply are available on the Boards and Commissions section of the website.

In 2021, The Maryland General Assembly repealed the Law Officer’s Bill of Rights and mandated that each county create a local police accountability board and administrative charging committee to adjudicate local police disciplinary matters for the county and local municipalities. The police accountability board must be created by July 1, 2022.

The Carroll County Police Accountability Board (CCAB), is appointed by the commissioners to receive complaints of police misconduct, review police disciplinary trends, and work with local law enforcement to improve policing.

The Carroll County Administrative Charging Committee (CCAC) will review individual police disciplinary investigations and determine whether administrative charges against an officer are appropriate. The Board of County Commissioners appoints two of five members.

Each member of the CCPAB or CCACC shall be a Carroll County resident and shall not have a charge pending or have been convicted, in federal or state court, of a crime punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year and received a sentence of imprisonment for more than one year unless pardoned.

Citizen input is critical to the success of this new board and Carroll County Government needs residents for this new initiative.

Residents can apply online at Police Accountability Board and Charging Committee Application or contact the Boards & Commissions Coordinator at volunteerboards@carrollcountymd.gov or 410-386-2043.

Questions about the new board can be directed to County Attorney Tim Burk at tburke@carrollcountymd.gov.

Open session is available for viewing on the county meeting portal and the county YouTube channel. In addition, all meetings will be replayed on Comcast Channel 24.