Dear Prince Georgians,
The Office of the County Executive continues to accept letters of interest and resumes for individuals wishing to be appointed to the Administrative Charging Committee (ACC). The establishment of the ACC is a direct result of HB 670, one of several bills under the Police Accountability Act of 2021, passed last year by the Maryland legislature. Titled Police Discipline and Law Enforcement Programs and Procedures, HB 670 is scheduled to take effect on Friday, July 1, 2022. The Administrative Charging Committee covers countywide law enforcement agencies and local law enforcement agencies within the County.
As currently proposed, the ACC will consist of five members. The five members include:
- The Chair of the Police Accountability Board (Board) or another member of the Board as designated by the Chair
- Two civilian members who are not members of the Board, nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council
- Two additional civilians who are not members of the Board but are appointed by the Board.
**This announcement is limited to the two members nominated by the County Executive. **
The duties of the ACC include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Review the findings of a law enforcement agency’s investigation involving police misconduct
- Make a determination as to whether to administratively charge the police officer who is the subject of the investigation
- If the police officer is charged, recommend discipline in accordance with the law enforcement agency’s disciplinary matrix established in accordance with State law
- Review any body camera footage that may be relevant to the matters covered in the complaint of misconduct
- Authorize a police officer called to appear before an administrative charging committee to be accompanied by a representative
- Issue a written opinion that describes in detail its findings, determinations, and recommendation
- Forward the written opinion to the chief of the law enforcement agency, the police officer, and the complainant
- Members must maintain confidentiality until final disposition of the matter
- Meet monthly or as often as needed
Applicants must meet the following qualifications in order to be eligible for appointment to the ACC:
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must be a resident of Prince George’s County
- A person may not be a member of the ACC if they are an:
- Active police officer
- Employee of the Prince George’s County government
- Employee of the Office of the Sheriff of Prince George’s County
- Employee of a municipality located within Prince George’s County
- Employee of Maryland State government
- Elected official or candidate for political office within County government, State government, or municipality within Prince George’s County.
To be considered for this appointment, send a letter of interest and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, June 3, 2022. The individuals selected for the ACC will receive mandatory training on matters relating to police procedures from Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission and undergo a background check. Other training may also be required by the County. Successful candidates will be forwarded to the County Council for consideration and approval.
It is important for residents to note that County legislation regarding the creation of the duties of the ACC is still pending, as well as regulations from the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission. Therefore, the duties and qualifications of members of the ACC are subject to change.
Yours in service,
Prince George’s County Executive