Police Accountability Board

POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 

Complaint Form

Meeting Times

The Police Accountability 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. 

PAB Annual Report

PAB Annual Report

Pursuant to Talbot County Code §§ 24-16 (5b) The PAB on or before December 31st of each year will 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.

2023 PAB Annual Report

Current Members

  • Mitchell S. Ettinger, Esq.
    Chairman
  • Michael Bibb
    Vice-Chair
  • John Gilbert
    Commissioner
  • Jo Ann Murray
    Commissioner
  • Chris Rice
    Commissioner
  • Connie A. Webster
    Commissioner
  • William Belding
    Commissioner

Calendar

Upcoming Public Hearings/Meetings

Check back later for events.

Agendas and Minutes

Related Rules and Regulations

PAB Rules and Procedures

Talbot County Code, Section 24-16 - Police Accountability Board

Citizen Complaint Review Process

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