Mayor Scott’s Statement on Maryland Senate’s Passage of BPD Local Control

Crest of the City of Baltimore

Brandon M. Scott
Mayor,
Baltimore City
250 City Hall - Baltimore Maryland 21202
(410) 396-3835 - Fax: (410) 576-9425

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Jack French
(443) 248-3786

jack.french@baltimorecity.gov

BALTIMORE, MD (Wednesday, April 7, 2021) — Mayor Brandon M. Scott released the following statement regarding the Maryland Senate’s Passage of BPD local control:

The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor provided a much-needed gut check for the nation and forced mayors to reimagine the future of policing in our communities. This is a charge that I eagerly accepted as Baltimore Mayor.

Defining what policing looks like is by far the most consequential decision any local government can make, which is why I spent a decade advocating for local control of the Baltimore Police Department. But thanks to Maryland Senator Cory McCray, Delegate Melissa Wells, and a host of grassroots activists, Baltimore City is no longer the only jurisdiction in Maryland that does not have direct oversight of its police department. I want to thank the Baltimore House and Senate Delegation for their determined effort to uphold justice, accountability, and democracy through the passing of Senate Bill 786. This bill will allow us to further improve policing and fulfill essential Consent Decree requirements.

I am also delivering on another priority by establishing a Task Force with representatives from City government and the community to develop a five-year budget reduction plan for the Baltimore Police Department. As my administration works tirelessly to reimagine policing in Baltimore, we must ensure that City resources are being used effectively and efficiently. The Task Force will be charged with identifying reductions that can be made responsibly over time while creating a blueprint that diverts appropriate service requests so officers can focus efforts on reducing violent crime.

Answering national calls for justice starts at home by fostering an environment of policing that is transparent and accountable. Today, I am proud to say that Baltimore is moving in the right direction.

Related Stories

Mayor Scott Increases Total Commitment to Addressing Food Insecurity to $26 Million

Mayor Brandon M. Scott has announced an additional allocation of $11 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding towards building an equitable and resilient food system to mitigate the negative impacts associated with food insecurity during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This brings the City’s total commitment to providing nutritional security for Baltimoreans to $26 million.

 

Mayor Scott Joins HUD’s House America Initiative to Address Homelessness in Baltimore

Mayor Brandon M. Scott has joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) for House America: An All-Hands-On-Deck Effort to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis. Today, Mayor Scott, HUD Senior Advisor for Housing and Services Richard Cho, Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) Director Irene Agustin, and Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Commissioner Alice Kennedy announced the City’s goals for the House America initiative.

 

Mayor Scott and Commissioner Harrison Announce SMART Policing

Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) are announcing several initiatives that will focus on the intelligent deployment of law enforcement resources in order to more effectively combat violent crime.