Police Accountability Board and Administrative Charging Committee

Pursuant to Chapter 59, Laws of Maryland 2021, Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 - Police Discipline and Law Enforcement Programs and Procedures, a Police Accountability Board (PAB) and Administrative Charging Committee (ACC) has been established by the Talbot County Council with the adoption of Bill No. 1497

Talbot County Police Accountability Board Members

Mitchell S. Ettinger, Chairman

Michael Bibb, Commissioner 

John Gilbert, Commissioner

Jo Ann Murray, Commissioner

Chris Rice, Commissioner

Connie A. Webster, Commissioner

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The PAB’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Hold quarterly meetings with heads of law enforcement agencies and otherwise work with law enforcement agencies and the county government to improve matters of policing;

(2) Appoint civilian members to charging committees and trial boards;

(3) Receive complaints of police misconduct filed by members of the public;

(4) On a quarterly basis, review outcomes of disciplinary matters considered by charging committees; and

(5) By December 31 each year, submit a report to the County Council that identifies any trends in the disciplinary process of police officers in the county and makes recommendations on changes to policy that would improve police accountability in the county.

Talbot County Administrative Charging Committee Members

Mitchell S. Ettinger, Commissioner

Constance M. Hope, Commissioner

Jennifer L. Williams, Esq., Commissioner

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The ACC’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Review the findings of a law enforcement agency’s (LEA) investigation of a complaint made by a member of the public against the police officer;

(2) Determine whether the police officer shall be administratively charged; and

(3) Recommend appropriate discipline.

File a Complaint

Pursuant to Talbot County Code §§ 24-16 (D&E), within three days of receiving a complaint alleging police misconduct, the Police Accountability Board (PAB) will forward the same to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation and recommended disposition. Complaints submitted to the PAB must be signed, but do not need to be notarized.

The Talbot County Police Accountability Board and Administrative Charging Committee have no jurisdiction over matters occurring prior to the July 1, 2022 effective date of the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021.

Complaint Form

Submit completed request form to Office of Law, Courthouse, South Wing, 11 North Washington Street, Easton, MD 21601 or by email to vbradley@talbotcountymd.gov  

Contact Information

The Board office is located in the Talbot County Courthouse, South Wing, 11 N. Washington Street, Easton, MD and is open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Board Secretary may be reached by calling 410.770.8092 during office hours, or by e-mail at: vbradley@talbotcountymd.gov 

 

BOARD MEETINGS:  The Board will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month beginning at 8:30 a.m. pending an agenda.  Meetings are open to the public and held in the Bradley Meeting Room, Talbot County Circuit Courthouse, South Wing, 11 N. Washington Street, Easton, Maryland 21601. 

 

NEXT MEETING: January 24, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Talbot County Police Accountability Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will convene in open session in the Wye Oak Room, Talbot County Community Center, 10028 Ocean Gateway, Easton, Maryland for the purpose of moving to convene in Closed Session to discuss a personnel matter regarding specific individuals under the Board’s jurisdiction pursuant to Md. Code Ann., General Provisions § 3-305(b)(1)(i).

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