Law Enforcement

SB 447 SWAT Team Reporting

On May 19, 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law Senate Bill 447 requiring law enforcement agencies that maintain a SWAT team to report specific activation and deployment information. The Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) and the Police Training Commission worked with local law enforcement agencies to develop an efficient, user-friendly format for recording and reporting data. SB 447 requires that specific details be recorded by agencies, and submitted to GOCCP within a designated time frame.

This reporting format was developed by a team of law enforcement partners; the data fields and formatting has been approved by the Police Training Commission.

SWAT data is to be submitted biannually on January 15th and July 15th as all reports are due 15 days after the reporting period ends. The two reporting periods are January 1 – June 30th and July 1 – Dec 31st.

Located above you will find the approved reporting template. This format should be used to ensure consistent, thorough reporting as set forth in the new law. Please note that reports must be submitted to GOCCP electronically in either Excel or Access.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding SB 447, the reporting requirements, or data definitions, please contact Jeffrey Zuback at 410.821.2843 or JZuback@goccp.state.md.us.

Traffic Stop Data

In 2001, the Maryland General Assembly passed TR 25-113. The statute, which requires data collection on every law eligible traffic stop in Maryland, aims to provide information about the pervasiveness of racial profiling. Since 2002, Maryland law enforcement agencies have collected and reported traffic stop data according to the legislation.

In August 2011, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) provided funding to the Maryland State Police (MSP) to create a modification of the E-TIX (Electronic Traffic Information Exchange) interface, which includes a reporting entry database that allows for all law enforcement agencies to submit traffic stop records electronically. Through the use of free Deltaplus software, any agency can submit data on each individual traffic stop, which then gets stored by MSP who will have a repository on all traffic stop data in the state.

Starting January 1, 2013, all police agencies in Maryland that report raced based traffic stop data to MSAC will either compile all data through E-TIX or download the Deltaplus software and submit data on every stop electronically. All electronically submitted data through DeltaPlus goes directly to MSP, who starting 1/1/13, is then responsible for submitting all of the state’s traffic stop data to MSAC. All agencies are strongly encouraged to sign up for and use the software as soon as possible but must begin using DeltaPlus by 1/1/13. Se the fact sheet below for more information on how to register for DeltaPlus software and ETIX.

DeltaPlus Software and ETIX

All traffic stop data collected during calendar year 2012 that is not submitted using DeltaPlus or E-TIX must still be reported to MSAC at trafficdatamd@gmail.com by March 1, 2013 by the individual agency using the traditional reporting format

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the report or reporting requirements, please contact Jeffrey Zuback at 410.821.2843 or JZuback@goccp.state.md.us.

HB 507 Electronic Control Device (ECD) Reporting

On April 12, 2011, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law House Bill 507 requiring law enforcement agencies that issue electronic control devices (ECDs) to their law enforcement officers report certain data on all ECD discharges. The Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) and the Police Training Commission worked with local law enforcement agencies to develop an efficient, user-friendly format for recording and reporting data. HB 507 requires that specific details be recorded by agencies, and submitted to GOCCP within a designated time frame.

This reporting format was developed by a team of law enforcement partners; the data fields and formatting has been approved by the Police Training Commission.

The first annual report consists of ECD discharge data from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012. And law enforcement agencies must begin recording this data on January 1, 2012. The first report is due to GOCCP no later than March 31, 2013 and reported on March 31 every year through 2016.

Located above you will find the approved reporting template. This format should be used to ensure consistent, thorough reporting as set forth in the law. Please note that reports must be submitted to the Maryland Statistical Analysis Center electronically in Excel format. The data can be sent to ecddatamd@gmail.com.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding HB 507, the reporting requirements, or data definitions, please contact Jeffrey Zuback at 410.821.2843 or JZuback@goccp.state.md.us.

SB 422 Criminal Citations

On May 22, 2012, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law Senate Bill 422 requiring law enforcement agencies to report certain information on all criminal citations issued. The law establishes beginning January 1, 2013, a police officer must charge a defendant by criminal citation under certain circumstances for certain qualifying crimes:

  1. Any misdemeanor or local ordinance violation that does not carry a penalty of imprisonment
  2. Any misdemeanor or local ordinance violation for which the maximum penalty of imprisonment is 90 days or less
  3. Possession of marijuana under 5-601 of the criminal law article

This law requires that certain criminal citations data be submitted to MSAC annually. This data will be submitted through Delta+ (the application that runs E-TIX) which is the same application that is being used to enter race based traffic stop data. In addition to filling out the Uniform Citation Form (DC/CR 45) that gets sent to the Courts, the following data fields will need to be entered into Delta+ for all criminal citations issued:

  1. The assigned citation number
  2. The date, location, and time of the issuance of the citation;
  3. The offense charged:
  4. The gender of the offender:
  5. The date of birth of the offender:
  6. The state and, if available, the county of residence of the offender
  7. The race or ethnicity of the offender

The Courts will submit all other required citation data to MSAC.  All data that is entered into Delta+ is stored by the Maryland State Police who will submit data to MSAC for all law enforcement agencies. No individual agency reports need to be sent to MSAC. This is a reminder that if your agency has not yet signed up for the free Delta+ software, please do so by January 1st, so that your agency will be ready to report both citation data as well as the race based traffic stop data. You can email Sgt Chris Corea from MSP  at Christopher.corea@maryland.gov and he will get you set up with Delta+.

For a full list of qualifying misdemeanors (excluding local ordinance violations) including the top 20 most common qualifying crimes click here: Citations Qualifying Offenses with CJIS Codes

All electronically submitted data through Delta+ goes directly to MSP, will submit annual data to MSAC on the criminal citations issued by every police agency in the state.

See the Data Definitions guide for more information on the law and how to enter the data into Delta+.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding SB 422, the reporting requirements, or data definitions, please contact Jeffrey Zuback at 410.821.2843 or jzuback@goccp.state.md.us.