Crime Reduction

 

Maryland’s political leaders need to stand up now and demand a new era of policing

I believe Maryland has a moral and economic obligation to implement a new model for
policing our citizens — one that maintains both public safety, and the freedoms and
dignity the people who interact with it.

As Governor, my administration will work with state’s attorneys and local police departments to build a criminal justice system in Maryland that attacks the fundamental causes of crime, instead of putting forth decades old “solutions” like mandatory minimums that merely mask the underlying drivers of issues like systemic violence or the opioid epidemic by problematizing our most vulnerable citizens.

We need policing that focuses on descalation, rather than the use of force; that treats violence as a public health crisis; that works with mental and behavioral health providers to direct Marylanders struggling with the disease of addiction into treatment, not jail; and that above all, collaborates with communities, ensuring officers represent the populations where they work.

Our police training and tactics must shift to focus on tools for the de-escalation of violence and confrontation. Encouraging this fundamental shift in the mindset of law-enforcement officials, away from the use of force and towards prevention and collaboration, will help prevent the tragic police-related deaths of unarmed Marylanders, particularly in communities of color. Community-policing models and de-escalation tactics and training — standardized throughout the state under Maryland laq — would both reduce implicit bias and help officers better identify individuals, and particularly young people, at-risk to commit violence. If you are a member of the community you police, it is easier to quickly and accurately identify students in need of an intervention.

PRIORITIES

Improve Trust Between Police and Communities

Involve Communities in Policing

Preventative Law Enforcement Efforts

1. Provide pay bonuses to officers who engage in local community development initiatives

2.  Implement more walking patrols focused on engaging with and speaking to residents.

3. Invest additional state funds into police mentorship initiatives for young people.

1. Mandate a certified expert in crime prevention through environmental
design (CPTED) review all designs for community centers and schools.

2. Standardize and improve communications technology within schools.

3.  Prepare for and invest in a “next generation 911” system with state oversight and management.

1. Re-fund and expand Operation Safe Kids.

2. Expand current preventive efforts by law enforcement, the state, and school officials.

3. Fund the expansion of mobile crisis teams statewide.

4.Work with local school systems and police departments to end the school-to-prison pipeline by halting “zero-tolerance” discipline policies.