After sweeping police reform legislation passed in Annapolis, Frederick County law enforcement leaders are left wondering who will fund the changes and how new laws will affect officers’ ability to protect the community.

The package of bills known as the Maryland Police Accountability Act passed in early April included the repeal of the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, new regulations for use of force and search warrants, increased public access to police records, and more. Its push through the General Assembly came against a backdrop of heightened national scrutiny of law enforcement in the wake of police-involved killings across the country.

To put it lightly, Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins is no fan of the accountability act. He suggested, in an interview, the force behind these changes was driven by “liberal, pandering politicians.”

“It’s going to damage law enforcement. It’s going to make law enforcement less effective. At the end of the day … it’s going to be detrimental to the public, I really believe that,” Jenkins said in an interview shortly after the General Assembly overturned Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) vetoes of the bills.

While newly-appointed Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando said the intent of lawmakers was “noble,” he fears “little consideration” was given to “unintended consequences.” He wrote in an email, “...some of the other measures in these bills will embolden criminals while simultaneously demanding absolute perfection from officers. Frankly, they put cops and law-abiding citizens at risk.”

Among the reform is the requirement for all law enforcement agencies to have police-worn body cameras by 2025. The deadline is 2023 for some agencies outside Frederick County, plus the Maryland State Police, which has a barrack in Frederick. Locally, Frederick Police Department is the only agency to use body cameras.

Maryland State Police as a whole expects it will cost $3.3 million upfront to equip nearly 1,500 sworn employees, spokesman Greg Shipley said, with an annual maintenance cost of about $1.9 million. The agency has been in the process of replacing in-car cameras, which are compatible with a body-worn feature. Whatever the cost, Shipley said, the state police will continue to adapt as they have for 100 years.

Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith has said in the past he sees the value in body cameras, but now is faced with the expense that comes with the new requirement.

“Full scale deployment in Frederick County and City will add millions of dollars in expense to my budget in the coming years,” Smith said via email. “Nevertheless, we will continue to take our obligations seriously and ensure that footage is reviewed, redacted and provided to the fullest extent of the law. We will ensure that the privacy of citizens is appropriately secure, and the rights of the accused are maintained.”

Though the sheriff’s office tested body cameras in a 2017 pilot, Jenkins believes their full implementation will make little difference. He has said the cameras only capture a portion of an incident.

Search warrants and use of force

Jenkins and Lando each voiced concerns about the new search warrant rules that come with the accountability act. When the law goes into effect, no-knock warrants must be executed between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., absent exigent circumstances.

“So drug dealers, drug traffickers, wait until 7 p.m. at night and get your drugs out on the table and do your crimes while we can’t come into your house with a no-knock warrant,” Jenkins said. “It doesn’t make sense.”

The sheriff said his office uses no-knock warrants rarely, less than 1 percent of the time, and that there are criteria they consider before requesting one from a judge, such as criminal history and whether there is a threat.

Lando described the new search warrant restrictions in general as “unrealistic.”

The act also seeks to change the way use of force is employed by police.

The accountability act changes the use of force standard from “objective reasonableness” to “necessary” and “proportional.” Officers found guilty of intentionally violating that standard will face criminal penalties. Jenkins fears this may make some officers, generally speaking, hesitate in life-threatening situations.

“In our business, second guessing and seconds cost lives,” he said.

Lando acknowledged officers are faced with situations where they have to make life-altering decisions in split seconds.

“Most of the time, police officers do get it right,” Lando wrote. “Sometimes they make honest mistakes. And yes, sometimes there are just bad cops who should not be allowed to wear the badge.”

He and Jenkins, in separate interviews, agreed officers found guilty of wrongdoing should be off the force. But they also want to be able to retain and recruit good officers. Jenkins suspects the new restrictions will make that more difficult.

“I think that there’s not a sheriff or chief across the state of Maryland that doesn’t want to keep his house clean,” the sheriff said.

Part of that so-called housekeeping involves disciplining officers. In the future, civilian committees will have a large part in handling complaints against officers and consider how to discipline them. Jenkins stands against this.

“It’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback,” he said. “That officer has got split fractions of split seconds to make that decision.”

Jenkins feels as if the new laws usurp his authority as an elected sheriff.

“I answer to the people of this county,” he said. “I’m the one that’s concerned about their health, welfare, their safety ... but my hands are going to be tied because of this.”

Despite their concerns, Jenkins and Lando made clear there are parts of the bills they aren’t opposed to. For example, Jenkins sees no issue with requiring an officer to identify themself, their agency and the reason for a traffic stop. He said most of his deputies take that action already.

Lando pointed out some of the new requirements, such as body cameras, were implemented by FPD already.

“A number of the requirements in [House Bill] 670 make sense, and many progressive police departments, including Frederick PD, implemented these reforms years ago,” Lando wrote. “The use of body worn cameras, use-of-force reporting and accountability, early warning systems for troubled officers, implicit bias training, and peer support programs are all important and must be embraced by police leaders.”

Lando added he believes the community and police leaders, who understand daily challenges officers face, should have a voice in police reform.

Parts of the act will begin to take effect later this year.

Follow Mary Grace Keller on Twitter:

@MaryGraceKeller.

(101) comments

threecents

"Why can't we all just get along." - a victim of police brutality, whose attackers did not go to jail.

JerryR

The majority of progressives just don't get the root cause. It's not the cops, it's the people, People!! As my grandmother used to say, "show me who you associate with, and I'll show you who you are." Pretty straight forward stuff and the majority of Americans get it. The minority that don't, are the ones in trouble.....for the most part.

JerryR

Welp, just when I thought the politicians in Annapolis couldn't get any dumber, they sure did! Amazing...

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threecents

I hope she is OK.

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Awteam2021

I have some. Would you like to hear/read them?

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phydeaux994

I guess the Sheriff isn’t liking Chief Lando talking credit for the work the Frederick PD is doing. Which is by far the majority of the hard core crime occurring in Frederick County. He always jumped in to meet the Reporters like he did with the Frederick Fair murder. I think his reign is on the decline. Two high profile incidents recently and we didn’t see him. That’s amazing.

public-redux

“... wait until 7 p.m. at night and get your drugs out on the table ...” - the High Sheriff

This actually sounds like an advantage. The alleged perps have a false sense of security. As the High Sheriff says, they get all the incriminating evidence into plain sight. A knock on the door, serve the warrant, and enter the premises before there is any time to hide the stuff.

public-redux

“Jenkins feels as if the new laws usurp his authority as an elected sheriff.”

The legal authorities of local politicians has always been subject to restrictions by state government. As a local politician, the High Sheriff must know this.

Besides, the High Sheriff should be grateful. Now he has some red meat that he can use for pandering in the next election. Running against the libs in Annapolis is good politics.

mattlemp

I'm not sure what Mr. Lando finds "unrealistic" about the limits on no-knock warrants. Police should not be attacking people in their own homes, at any hour of the day, unless to stop an act of interpersonal violence in process. In any case, the phrase "unless exigent" means they will be able to do it whenever they want, as they always fear for their lives.

shiftless88

Especially when you consider the people who have died unnecessarily as a result

PurplePickles aka L&M

Breonna Taylor.....Say Her Name...Breonna Taylor.

PurplePickles aka L&M

We are not held accountable until we are all held accountable.

gabrielshorn2013

What does that mean pickles? Are you responsible for other adult's behavior, or are you responsible for you?

PurplePickles aka L&M

It’s a deep thought that requires deeper thinking Gabe. But keep trying....

KarlBickel

This sort of thing has been coming for a long time, should have been expected and prepared for. Those professionals who know the history of policing are acutely aware of the fact that progress in addressing issues like the use of force by police, deadly vehicle pursuits, inadequate responses to domestic violence, bias based policing, failure to adequately train, etc. has come from protests and civil litigation and generally not from progressive leadership.

The issues that have brought about today’s action by the legislature have been festering for many years. And, yes some of it is a knee jerk reaction that will have unintended consequences. But it is now the law and police leaders owe it to their officers and the communities they serve to look forward and focus on how to adapt to the changing environment they find themselves in. Simply complaining will not serve the needs of the community or the rank and file officers who are looking for leadership in troubling times. Action, action that holds promise in making the best of an uncertain future is what is needed.

yogib

Where is the Mayor O'Conner? His police chief just insulted 20% of Frederick's population. Once again , no leadership.

gabrielshorn2013

Where did he do that yogib?

C.D.Reid

Yes, how did Lando just insult 20% of Frederick's population, yogib?

PurplePickles aka L&M

The police need to be policed ....and this is a start to doing that but....we can do more.

When you follow the money and when you follow the policy, what you realize is that oftentimes municipalities are lifted up by low level citations. Remember Ferguson?

When you follow the money, just over the past five years, in the major 20 metropolitan areas in the United States, taxpayers have paid out over $2 billion with a B in settlements for police misconduct. Oftentimes, people are paying for their own brutality,

These civilian payouts don’t even come from the police budget. What if we had police department insurance policies, if we had more police officer malpractice individual liability insurance, we would see not only a shift in financial culpability, but also a shift in accountability. Part of how it would operate would be similar to what happens in healthcare, that in healthcare, hospitals have insurance, physicians have insurance.

Law enforcement officers must be above reproach. Similar to pilots, they must be perfect, or else, people die.

Since most places are small, they already are part of insurance risk pools, such as small departments in east Tennessee or outside of Los Angeles, where officers that have been removed have become uninsurable because they’ve engaged in misconduct. Departments have actually closed because insurance risk pools have said, we can no longer afford to keep you here. You know what? That helps to address bad apples that come from rotten trees. See, we limit things to bad apples, not realizing that it’s a process. They come from somewhere. And they come from rotten trees in law enforcement. And the roots are embedded in white supremacy ideology that oftentimes we’re unwilling to admit. The other thing, good apples can’t simply override bad apples.

Due to qualified immunity, they are completely alleviated from any sort of financial culpability. And I think insurances can be a huge way to increase accountability.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/28/opinion/police-reform-america.html?showTranscript=1

public-redux

Wow, those two complain as much as the teachers.

Burgessdr

Bully Chuckles doesn't like oversight. Someday he will meet Karma

francesca_easa

I guess the surplus budget that Sheriff Jenkins has consistently returned to the County, should now be given back to buy more body cams.

Awteam2021

Or maybe the surplus dollars should have been spent in a more progressive manner (Visual validation of police officers actions), body cameras 🤷🏼‍♂️ rather then a hummer tank.

artandarchitecture

Police Chief Jason Lando fears “little consideration” was given to “unintended consequences.”

Perhaps Lando is trying to be polite. The consequences are very intentional. Throughout western civilization today, lawfare is used to prop up criminals to the point that defending yourself within your own home, against intruders, is sometimes deemed "criminal" & these invaders can actually sue, if you've injured them while they are trying to maim & rob you!

Awteam2021

Not sure what that has to do with law enforcement accountability?

threecents

[thumbup]AW, You took the words right out of my keyboard.

phydeaux994

Quit spewing the RRR(RadicalRightRepublican) line. BTW, a & a, show us the evidence to back up your statements. Crime has been reduced significantly over the past couple decades.

shiftless88

Quit whining and adapt. You had decades to keep your nose clean and you did not. Now the voters have spoken.

geotracker9

@shiftless88 spoken like someone who doesn't know any police officers personally and is quick to blame them all for the mistakes of very few. I encourage you to get to know some officers, they are all trying to do their jobs as best they can while keeping us all safe.

shiftless88

Actually I know a number of police officers personally and have done ride-alongs as well. What is missing is the self policing (this is the same problem with doctors; I forget the statistics exactly but something like 90% of complaints are against 10% of the doctors but the med boards are loathe to take licenses away so the problem persists). I am sure that a huge percentage of acting police officers do their jobs well and receive few if any complaints. But the culture of circling the wagons has led to this. If the police unions and boards that examine misconduct were actually focused on cleaning house appropriately rather than preventing the department from looking bad, this bill likely wouldn't have happened. This is combined with the ridiculously low standards for the police to shoot someone. If anyone wearing jeans makes me fear for my life me then I will shoot anyone with jeans and the board will agree with me and let me back on the street.

geotracker9

This jeans comment is ridiculous, but if you really think that, there's nothing I can say that will change your mind...sad.

C.D.Reid

geotracker9, once you get to know certain people who comment here, you'll find it's a waste of your time trying to argue logic with them.

shiftless88

What is wrong with this? Have you seen the police unions trying to protect clearly crooked cops? The circling of the wagons? If not, then you are willfully ignoring it. C'mon, CD; I am very logical. I was not the one making assumptions here.

geotracker9

@CD you're right, I think I'm done here...

C.D.Reid

@geotracker9, Can't say I blame you. [thumbup]

phydeaux994

Come back when you can’t stay so long.

shiftless88

apparently geo is unwilling to answer difficult questions or face the issues. Blinders, baby, blinders.

shiftless88

I am guessing that geo is also very religious, because that is another state of mind where you don't have to think for yourself but just accept authority.

yogib

good comments

yogib

two white guys who are part of the problem

gabrielshorn2013

Why are these "two white guys" a part of the "problem". I have a barn that needs painting this year yogib. You could do it really quickly with that broad brush you're using.

shiftless88

that was clever, gabe! :-)

phydeaux994

I think many here know the two he’s talking about.

C.D.Reid

Interesting, an article with Sheriff Jenkins in it and no word from his chief troll. Where's Plumbum?

threecents

Change is hard, and hopefully the result will be greater trust in police.

sevenstones1000

Not really concerned about drugs. Let people take whatever drugs they want inside their own homes. The so-called War on Drugs is a disaster.

MD1756

My next door neighbor's son took drugs in the 90's and that led to him entering my house while I was at work to steal from me to sell items to get money to buy drugs. I am very concerned about drugs for multiple reasons. I also don't want tax payer dollars spent on treating people who get hooked if certain drugs are made legal. If certain drugs are made legal there had better be an enforceable definition for driving while impaired.

shiftless88

I am assuming that you have been fighting to get alcohol made illegal again, MD1756?

Awteam2021

Maryland already has a definition, a law called “BAC” “under the influence per se.” ... It is a crime to drive while impaired by drugs (even legal drugs), drugs and alcohol, or controlled dangerous substances like marijuana. “BAC” has been in effect sense 2008. Was he driving through your house while robbing you? And what does that have to do with police accountability?

newspostreader

Soon we will have no one wanting to be a police officer and then we are all screwed. A few bad doesn't mean that we don't have a huge majority who risk their lives every day to protect yours.

Awteam2021

Nonsense... just more accountable.

yogib

you do not protect or serve by killing someone because of a dirty license plate

gabrielshorn2013

Has that happened in Frederick City or County?

C.D.Reid

It never has, gabe, yogib is just being a drama queen. Again.

BornToHula2

The problem is the majority seem to protect/excuse the bad.

C.D.Reid

There's a reason why cops in major cities are leaving their forces by the thousands, and this type of the latest garbage from "Smurfville" is a prime example of why.

Awteam2021

Bye 👋. They shouldn’t be cops 👮‍♂️.

MD1756

I can't believe all of them leaving are bad cops. While I have a hard time understanding why police have to empty their clips at suspects (maybe we go back to Mayberry and Sheriff Taylor allowing Deputy Fife only one bullet) and I don't believe in shooting people who are trying to get away (unless, for example, they have been engaged in a shootout and are known to be dangerous to the general public), some of these changes put even good police at a higher risk of having their lives ruined and so I imagine some are doing a cost benefit analysis and saying its time to find another career. I do say good riddance to the officers who can't control themselves and should never have been on any police force to begin with (and there are too many of those types out there).

C.D.Reid

What do you mean by "Bye 👋. They shouldn’t be cops 👮‍♂️," Aw? You do realize that it's the good cops who are quitting, don't you?

Awteam2021

Good cops that aren’t willing to be held accountable? No thanks, 👋.

gabrielshorn2013

No aw. Most truly don't mind real accountability. It's having to defend yourself at every turn against the false accusations from some jerk with a beef that just wants to make noise that's the problem. Would you want to have to put up with that in your working career?

C.D.Reid

What do good cops need to be held accountable for, Aw? I thought it was just the bad ones that needed to be.

Awteam2021

No. I would like a body cam. Wouldn’t you?

gary4books

Defund the police? No. Never. I want to fully fund the police nd pay them enough to get officers that are well trained and ready to do the will of the people.

Mr. Jenkins and all will be obliged to follow the law and serve the people.

That will do.

If they can not do this, they can go.

C.D.Reid

"Ready to do the will of the people?" The duty and obligations of law enforcement are to enforce the laws. They are considered public servants, but that doesn't mean "the will of the people" is paramount to maintaining law and order. Look what "the will of the people" in some of the other liberal left jurisdictions is; the total defunding of their police forces. Sheriff Jenkins does follow the law and serve the people, his primary concern is the well being of the citizens of this county. And look what he gets for his efforts, whenever he tries to speak he gets shouted down by a bunch of liberal left, idiotic morons, many of whom are imported from MoCo.

Awteam2021

What part of the police reform accountability package are you opposed to? Body cameras? No-knock warrants? How force is used?

artandarchitecture

Awteam, that WP article title says "Brown Lives Matter," not "Black Lives Matter."

Maybe they should just all unify under "*Nonwhite* Lives Matter." The verdict is still officially out as to whether Asians are POCs or not. They are the most (academically + financially) successful group of all in the U.S.

Washington state: "School District Decides Asians Aren't Students of Color" Robby Soave

https://reason.com/2020/11/16/equity-report-north-thurston-asian-students-of-color/

Awteam2021

And Art, what part of the police reform accountability package are you opposed to? Body cameras? No-knock warrants? How force is used?

threecents

Jersey, The point you are missing is there is a need to demonstrate until people like you at least understand what the demonstrations are about. If your side would just listen and stop talking, there would be no need for protests.

gary4books

As we see with new laws from Annapolis, the laws are "the will of the people." And their representatives. If you slander them you slander the people, too.

MrSniper

Police work is supposed to be hard in a free society. If these cops want it to be easy, move to a police state like Russia or China. No pesky “liberal, pandering politicians” there.

pdl603

You mean like the “liberal, pandering politicians” who want to defund and dismantle? If you are in agreement, then congratulations you’ve passed today’s idiot test.

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] pdl!

phydeaux994

Who wants to defund the Police? Name them. Just more Radical Right scare rhetoric like “they want to take your guns”, your neighborhood has 3000 MS13 gang members living in it. I’m glad our new Police Chief is making himself known so we have a real big city cop to listen to also. What we need though is to make sure that when a bad cop is exposed we can get rid of them. And that means that the 95% of the cops that are good must speak up and not cover for them. That’s a tough thing to do.

bosco

Geeze, Fido, get your head out of the sand or wherever you keep it and google three words "defund the police" and you'll find enough reading material to keep you busy.

phydeaux994

Name a few bosco.

bosco

Whattsa matter, Fido? Your google broken? Find it for yourself.

phydeaux994

That’s exactly what all the BTT(BullyTagTeam) says when they can’t back up a ridiculous comment. Peace bosco, Peace.✌️😷

C.D.Reid

I don't think any cops want their job "to be easy." They just want to be able to do it without having their hands tied like is happening in cities like N.Y., Portland, etc. And all the "peaceful demonstrators" (read "rioters") should be damned grateful that we don't have a police state like Russia or China. Many of them would have "disappeared" by now if we did.

sevenstones1000

Want to kneel on anybody’s neck with impunity. Sure.

artandarchitecture

How about having to kneel to BLM & Antifa terrorists/rioters who announce:

"All cops are bastards!" "More dead cops!" "Fry cops!" "Defund the police!"

Any wimpy cop who chooses to kneel for such nonsense is pathetic.

phydeaux994

Show me the videos of the BLM and Antifa “rioters” doing what you claim. I can show you videos of the Right Wing rioters wreaking havoc. Charlottesville, twice in DC, Portland, Seattle.

bosco

Geeze, Fido, get your head outta the sand and google three words "videos antifa riots" and you'll have plenty of videos to view and then ignore.

BTW, still wondering how you think that a picture ID prevents any American citizen from voting. Who doesn't have a photo ID nowadays?

Awteam2021

The largest protest to ever to take place in Frederick, Md was over BLM ✊🏾. No looting, no violence, they even cleaned up the trash after the March. And the second March led to violence from counter protesters, some were police.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/brown-lives-matter-protest-in-frederick-triggers-counterprotests--and-bigotry/2020/07/16/41ab5338-c71a-11ea-a99f-3bbdffb1af38_story.html

bosco

Did "0 for 2" say something?

Awteam2021

Bosco, I didn’t know what “0 for 2” meant. I thought you were reminiscing postal days. Back on subject what’s your grievance with holding police accountable?

C.D.Reid

Nah bosco, nothing worthy. As usual.

bosco

Thanks CD. "O for 2" still doesn't get it.

phydeaux994

I googled “videos Antifa riots” as you suggested and read articles that said “people dressed in black” and “anti-fascist and anti-government” people. And if you read below the article headlines you would see “6 arrested”, “2 arrested”. Good grief, the FBI is going on 400 arrests so far for January 6 alone. I don’t see the FBI scouring videos to identify Antifa “rioters”.

Awteam2021

You don’t think body cams, being held accountable, and having force protocols don’t help police?

Awteam2021

Art, do you remember the 140 officers injured on January 6?

bosco

awt sez "Bosco, I didn’t know what “0 for 2” meant. I thought you were reminiscing postal days. Back on subject what’s your grievance with holding police accountable?

awt, where did I say that I don't want police to be held accountable? Show me.

Do you wanna try for "0 for 3"? You could never prove that I claimed to work for the postal service - that's 1 - and you could never prove that I said asbestosis could be spread from person to person - that's 2. Thus your delusional conjectures have a record of "0 for 2"

Let me know when you can prove that I said I don't want police held accountable.

Aslan19

Is there some reason to totally ignore one of the worst parts of this pile of bureaucratic bull droppings? Maybe because most reasonable people realize that it is just a way to undermine and open police officers to harassment? I am unaware of any other profession where someone can come in, make an unworn accusation and the target of that accusation is now running the risk of public harassment and ridicule because there is no more privacy.

pdl603

[thumbup][thumbup]

marinick1

[smile][thumbup][thumbup]Well put, Asian19. [thumbup]

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup] Aslan19!

shiftless88

Asian; you must not pay attention to politics

mattlemp

Isn't that true of any profession? What is an "unworn accusation"?

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