County Releases Preliminary Audit of Police Department

Montgomery County has released a preliminary audit report of the police department in advance of a community forum to be held via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7 to discuss the results so far.

The report, conducted by Effective Law Enforcement for All, Inc., is a part of County Executive Marc Elrich’s Reimagining Public Safety Initiative.

“Montgomery County has a good police department,” said Elrich in a press release.

“Any good organization should always look at itself and determine what changes need to be made to meet the current and future challenges it faces.

We are a diverse county, and we need to ensure that all our residents have confidence that people who are sworn to protect them will do just that.”

“This preliminary report discusses ELE4A’s review of the organizational structure of the Montgomery County Police Department,

its internal affairs system including approaches to handling uses of force, mental health response, 

recruitment and hiring, and assessment of the training Academy,” according to the release.

Some of the recommendations in the audit include, according to the release:

Determine a single repository for use of force and internal affairs incidents

Investigate all use of force incidents

Expand the role of Internal Affairs to include investigating criminal misconduct of officers instead of assigning this to investigators in the Investigative Services Bureau

Develop a Force Investigation Team within Internal Affairs to conduct serious uses of force investigations and review

Develop a system to conduct criminal and internal investigations as parallel investigations; new Maryland state law will change processes for investigating officer-involved shootings effective October 1

Revise MCPD use of deadly force investigation policies and protocols to require a prompt, separate, parallel administrative investigation of each officer-involved shooting, and require the preparation of a report documenting investigative findings.

The ELE4A’s audit is continuing and a final report is expected in the fall. Those interested in participating in next week’s forum must register in advance online.