Baltimore Re-Evaluating "Special Police" Program for Security Officers
The Baltimore police department is re-evaluating a program that empowers certain security officers to act as police officers and make arrests.
The officers, known as "special police," can detain suspects and make arrests on certain properties, but aren't trained by city or state police.
A Baltimore Sun report says that the department is re-evaluating whether to continue granting the guards special police licenses. The move comes as special police officers face lawsuits accusing them of overstepping their boundaries, and complaints from citizens who say they operate without oversight, the report says.
One lawsuit filed this summer accuses the officers of violating residents' civil rights.
According to the report, special police officers work at designated locations, including shopping centers, apartment complex, the District Court of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.