Citizens' Panel To Deliver Reports On Police Dept.

Group To Address Training, Use Of Force

October 02, 1991

A panel of 22 citizens that has been studying the county police department since February will meet tonight to present its final reports.

The reports will focus on such issues as use of force, officer training and management policies.

The meeting, open to the public, will be held at 7 in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

The Citizens' Advisory Council for Public Safety, which will make recommendations about the police department to County Executive Charles I. Ecker, willreview approximately seven subcommittee reports tonight, said council chairman William E. "Ned" Eakle.

Among the items to be recommended is a community policing program that aims to put officers into neighborhood "beats," and a plan that would solicit citizen input on police recruitment and training methods.

The committee last month voted against recommending a citizen's panel that would oversee internalaffairs investigations of alleged police misconduct.

Eakle said tonight's meeting will offer each subcommittee chairman a chance to speak about their findings.

Subcommittees of the council include Personnel Recruitment and Selection; Training; Management Development; Internal Investigation and Discipline; Policy on Use of Force; Computer Technology; and Community Relations.

The council includes policeofficers, clergy, citizens from each councilmanic district, and local attorneys and business people. Ecker appointed the committee shortly after taking office and just prior to his dismissal of former police chief Frederick W. Chaney.

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