Dorchester County Police Accountability Board

Dorchester County Police Accountability Board

To File a Complaint:

Pursuant to Dorchester County Code, Chapter 122, Section 122-2 (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 Dorchester 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 Complaint Form to Dorchester County, Attn: PAB, 501 Court Lane, Room 108, Cambridge, MD 21613 or by email to pab@docogonet.com .

PAB MEETINGS:  Police Accountability Board meetings are held quarterly on the 2nd Monday of the months of July, October, January and April (special meetings may be called as necessary). Meetings are open to the public and held in Room 110, Dorchester County Office Building, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, Maryland 21613.

2023-2024 Police Accountability Board Meeting Schedule

NEXT MEETING:  January 8, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.

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August 29, 2023 First Meeting
August 29, 2023 Second Meeting

2023 Police Accountability Board Annual Report

Contact Information

The Board office is located in the Dorchester County Office Building, Room 108, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, MD and is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Staff Liaison Donna Lane, may be reached by calling 410-228-1700 during office hours, or by email at: dlane@docogonet.com.

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 Dorchester County Council with the adoption of Bill No. 2022-11.

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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 31st 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.

Dorchester County Police Accountability Board Members

Paul Riordan, Chairman

Robin “Bob” Kirwan, Board Member

Derek Griffin, Board Member

Eddie James, Board Member

Michael Larrimore, Sr., Board Member

Keith Adkins, Board Member

ChanTay Nelson, Board Member

 

*** Dorchester County 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 Dorchester County Council with the adoption of  Bill No. 2022-11.

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.

ACC MEETINGS:  The Administrative Charging Committee meetings will be posted once scheduled, pending an agenda. The meetings will convene in open session for the purpose of moving to convene in Closed Session. The meetings will be held in Room 110, Dorchester County Office Building, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, Maryland 21613.

NEXT MEETING: Pending an Agenda

AGENDA

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Contact Information       

The Board office is located in the Dorchester County Office Building, Attn: ACC, Room 108, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, MD and is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Staff Liaison Donna Lane, may be reached by calling 410-228-1700 during office hours, or by email at: acc@docogonet.com.

Dorchester County Administrative Charging Committee Members

Derek Griffin, Chairman

Benjamin Sampson, Board Member

Vaughn Evans, Board Member

Zia Ashraf, Board Member

Stephen Aaron, Board Member