As the Attorney General just said, the robust agreement we are announcing includes a range of reforms designed to advance constitutional policing, restore community trust and promote officer and public safety. Under the consent decree, the city and BPD will implement comprehensive reforms to end the legacy of Baltimore's "zero tolerance" policing. In its place, BPD will empower its officers to engage in proactive, community-oriented policing. Through improved policies, training and oversight, the city and BPD will:
· Ensure that officers conduct stops, searches and arrests in a manner that complies with the law and promotes public safety.
· Ensure that officers use appropriate de-escalation techniques and attempt to resolve incidents without force when possible; and use force in a manner that is proportional to the threat presented.
· Transport detainees in a manner that keeps them safe.
· Ensure that officers investigate sexual assault thoroughly and without gender bias.
· They will dispatch officers who are properly trained in interacting with people in crisis or with behavioral health disabilities when a police response is appropriate.
· Ensure that allegations of officer misconduct are fully, fairly and efficiently investigated; and ensure that the disciplinary system is fair, consistent and provides due process.
In addition, the city and BPD will:
· Establish a Community Oversight Task Force to recommend reforms to the current system of civilian oversight.
· Ensure that officers receive the equipment, technological upgrades, guidance and support they need to do their jobs safely and effectively; and that BPD performs a staffing study to ensure a sufficient number of officers and supervisors.