Timeline of Events

May 16, 2019

Bill 1-19 -- Police-Officer Involved Death - Independent Investigation – also known as the Law Enforcement Trust and Transparency (LETT) Act, signed into law requiring an independent investigation of an officer involved death.

July 22, 2019

County Executive Marc Elrich sign the County’s first Promoting Community Trust Executive Order to improve community security for immigrant and vulnerable communities assuring engagement with County departments will not be used to assist in civil immigration enforcement or a federal discriminatory practice.

December 2, 2019

Bill 27-19 -- Administration - Human Rights - Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice - Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee – Established requiring the creation of a racial equity and social justice program and action plan for the County.

December 12, 2019

Bill 14-19 -- Police - Policing Advisory Commission – Established requiring the Commission advise Council on policing matters and recommend policies, programs, and legislation.

March 16, 2020

Bill 33-19 -- Police - Community Policing signed into law requiring certain community policing guidelines.

May 2, 2020

County Executive Marc Elrich requests Council to approve the creation of a new civilian Assistant Police Chief position. The new position will oversee the Community Resources Bureau within the Montgomery County Police Department.

June 11, 2020

Montgomery County Police Department adopt a Use of Force Intervention Policy. The new policy requires officers to intervene when they witness excessive force by other officers.

June 25, 2020

County Executive March Elrich launch Reimagining Public Safety initiative, including a Task Force to reimagine Montgomery County Police Department and public safety programs in the County.

July 2, 2020

County Government (internal) workgroup begin collecting information and data to support the work of the Reimagining Public Safety initiative.

July 14, 2020

County Executive recommend and Council introduce a supplemental appropriation to Fiscal 2021 operating budget of $550,000 to support the Reimagining Public Safety work.

July 21, 2020

Bill 34-20 -- Police Disciplinary Proceedings - Police Labor Relations - Duty to Bargain introduce by Council to amend the disciplinary procedures for County police officers by requiring the use of a traditional hearing board under the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR).

August 7, 2020

County Council approve the creation of new civilian Assistant Police Chief position.

August 10, 2020

Bill 24-20 -- Police – Regulations – Use of Force is signed into law requiring the Police Chief to adopt a use of force policy directive and require the use of force policy to include certain minimum standards.

August 31, 2020

Reimagining Public Safety Task Force conducts initial Kick-Off Meeting.

June 30, 2021

Prelimary Montgomery County Police Department Audit Report released.

July 7, 2021

Reimagining Public Safety Dashboard is launched. Initial work for the dashboard was led by a team from Carnegie Mellon’s Policy Innovation Lab, in partnership with Montgomery County’s Innovation Team, and it is now being maintained by CountyStat. The Dashboard tracks about 280 actionable items that are detailed in:

  1. The Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Recommendations;
  2. The Maryland State Police Accountability Act of 2021; and
  3. The Montgomery County Police Department Audit Recommendations.