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Commissioners accept grant, but oppose Police Accountability program

September 9th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

In response to a new statewide requirement that seeks to strengthen civilian oversight of local law enforcement agencies, the Allegany County Commissioners voted to accept nearly $500,000 in grants funds for the Police Accountability program. Under the state legislation approved last year, local governments are mandated to create a police accountability board. The board will receive complaints of officer misconduct, review disciplinary decisions and appoint civilian members to an administrative charging committee — a separate civilian panel that participates directly in the disciplinary process. Commissioners President Jake Shade,  acknowledging the program is required, accepted the grant begrudgingly as he strongly opposes the concept.