Maryland Moment, 4 Feb 2009 (Helderman ).
Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo is in Annapolis today, advocating for legislation he helped craft that require state police agencies to issue monthly reports about their use of SWAT teams. . . . (The Post's magazine examined this story in a recent issue; Calvo and April Witt, the story's author, also did a live Q&A with readers on Feb. 2.) . . . The bill, which is being sponsored by Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George's) in the senate and Del. Kris Valderrama (D-Prince George's) in the House of Delegates . . . [Full report]Bill Calls for More Scrutiny Of SWAT Teams by Police.
Post, 5 Feb 2009 (Helderman).
Calvo joins legislators calling for SWAT reports; Bill would require information on operation deployments.
Gazette, 5 Feb 2009 (Schuman).
. . . The bill, introduced by Maryland Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Dist. 26) of Fort Washington, Delegate Kris Valderrama (D-Dist. 26) of Fort Washington, Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase and Delegate Victor Ramirez (D-Dist. 47) of Cheverly, would require state law enforcement agencies to send monthly reports to the attorney general and their local governing bodies on the number, purpose, authorization, location and results of SWAT team deployments. . . .Victim of police raid pushes for reporting on use of SWAT teams.
Examiner, 4 Feb 2009 (Tuccille).
SB 447 [House bill information not currently online]
Senators Muse and Peters
Entitled: Public Safety - SWAT Team Activation and Deployment - Reports
Requiring the Police Training Commission, in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General, to develop a standardized format that specified law enforcement agencies shall use in reporting specified data relating to the activation and deployment of specified SWAT teams to the Office of the Attorney General and specified local officials; requiring, on a monthly basis beginning January 1, 2010, a law enforcement agency that maintains a SWAT team to make specified reports to the Office of the Attorney General; etc.
(Updated 5 Feb 2009)