The Brandford Plan
The Baltimore City Sherriff’s Office can and must do more to assist the City in its efforts to lower crime and strengthen the relationship between citizens and law enforcement. New, proactive leadership is needed to improve public safety services and increase community trust.
The Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office is the largest Sheriff’s agency in the State of Maryland, and as such, it should provide impactful support services that benefit citizens and augment other law enforcement operational needs. However, the current management lacks the expertise and drive to make lasting, purposeful changes.
Under my leadership the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office will adopt law enforcement strategies recommended by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, to provide meaningful community engagement, including outreach to youth and ex-offenders, critical crime reduction initiatives and risk management for our courts.
As sheriff I will employ 4 key strategies:
Secure and Protect the Courthouse and Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) with continuous assessment for the probability and severity of potential safety and other risk factors; design operational and emergency management plans that focus on mitigating or minimizing high risk factors to the public, judges, and all personnel working and visiting the courthouse.
- Create a Risk Management Division to conduct professional audits, quarterly risk assessments to measure risk for safety, liability, and the erosion of public trust.
- Review and revise current Use of Force and other policies that align with best practices around the country, but that hold criminal elements accountable.
- Audit misconduct investigations to ensure they are conducted properly and ensures procedural justice.
- Conduct quarterly audits of leave, overtime and fiscal activities to ensure taxpayer contributions are being spent wisely and prudently.
- Enhance and offer active shooter training to all personnel working within the courthouse, to include judges, courthouse personnel and the States Attorney. Equip each deputy with lifesaving equipment i.e. Narcan (Naloxcin) for overdoses, and a tourniquet kit
- Conduct annual mock safety drills for fire and hazardous material incidents with other first responder agencies. (i.e. the Baltimore Fire Department, City Emergency management team, and the Baltimore Police Department.
Assist in keeping the city safe by expanding the sheriff’s role in the community by building new relationships with the community and community leaders. Assist in stabilizing neighborhoods that have experienced an increase in crime.
- Provide deputy sheriffs for foot patrol in the downtown area of the city to not only cover the outside boundaries of the courthouse; but, to establish a broader presence throughout the downtown area for the safety of our citizens, and to positively interact with the youth transitioning through the area.
- Provide deputy sheriffs for security and traffic details at sporting events to free up much need resources for the Baltimore Police Department (B.P.D).
- Provide deputy sheriffs for the security of the Baltimore Visitation Center.
- Seek a Memorandum Of Understanding (M.O.U) with the Baltimore City States Attorney’s Office that provides protection coverage for the State’s Attorney which will send resources back to the B.P.D
Engage offenders and persons at risk of committing crimes by working in collaboration with the Department of Parole and Probation the Courts, and various advocacy groups to offer fulltime assistance and alternatives to incarceration when appropriate. Create programs, training and employment opportunities by utilizing local, State and Federal crime grant programs.
- Assign deputy sheriffs to work with the Neighborhood Coordination Officers within the four transformation areas established by the Baltimore Police Department
- Work closely with the Department of Parole and Probation, Courts, and various advocacy groups and offer fulltime assistance and alternatives to incarceration to offenders when appropriate.
- Move from the initiative based models of the present sheriff and create a plan with the courts to vacate child support warrants at any time when parents come in and established a good voluntarily payment plan. This would change from the one-day initiatives currently offered by the Sheriff.
Broaden the Sheriff’s Office’s engagement of youth within Baltimore schools and neighborhoods by creating an office of youth engagement within the Baltimore Sheriff’s Office.
- Create systems that allow anonymous identification of bullying and juvenile conflicts before they become criminal events and, that provides mediation and counseling through partnerships with the Baltimore Child Abuse Center and the Baltimore School Police Department. This system would:
– Inform and protect youth from youth on youth sexual
assault and domestic violence
– Provide an avenue for children to report potential
– Provide an avenue for children to report
bullying and potential active Shooter or violence in schools.
- Create a Sheriff’s Cadet Program that hires Baltimore City youth and exposes them the criminal justice profession from the perspective of the Sheriff’s Office.
- Assign a deputy sheriff to work along with the Baltimore Police explorers program.
- Create a recruitment program that moves far beyond a vacancy announcement on the Sheriffs’ website; but, targets Baltimore City residents for employment opportunities
- Create Hispanic liaisons within the Sheriff’s Office
The Brandford Plan will allow the Sheriff’s Office to adopt 21 century policing strategies and join the fight to win our City back, while maintaining core functions such as court house protection. As Sheriff I will break away from years of complacency and outdated policing philosophies to actively engage youth, the community and local law enforcement partners. WE CAN DO MORE!!