County Creates Online Portal for Filing Complaints of Police Misconduct

The county has launched a new portal where residents and businesses can file complaints against police officers in Montgomery County, officials announced.

The complaints will be reviewed by the new Administrative Charging Committee, a subset of five of the members of the nine-member Police Accountability Board, also a new entity.

The board was created after the enactment of Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 (MD-HB 670), which requires it.

Complaints can be filed against the following: Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, City of Gaithersburg Police Department, City of Takoma Park Police Department, City of Rockville Police Department, and Village of Chevy Chase Police Department and its officers.

Complaints of police misconduct must include the officer’s name who is accused of misconduct, a description of the facts on which the complaint is based, and the contact information of the complainant or a person filing on behalf of the complainant for investigative follow-up, according to a press release.

Any complaint filed with the board must be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency within three days. The agency conducting the investigation then will follow up with the complainant.

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