Residents should feel safe in their communities. Mayor Gavin Buckley is committed to finding peaceful alternatives for residents. This might include alternatives to the criminal justice system for nonviolent and victimless crimes or working with community partners including nonprofits, churches, businesses, police, and the judicial system.
The 150 Percent Group is a working group of City employees, including Members of the Annapolis Police Department, the City Manager’s office, the Mayor’s office and the Office of Emergency Management that will focus on helping reintegrate residents into community life after a period of incarceration, divert individuals accused of victimless and nonviolent crimes out of the criminal justice system, deploy professional development opportunities and more. Read more about the 150 percent group.
The City of Annapolis has convened a Civilian Review Board Advisory panel. CRB Advisory Panel will convene to plan, research, and identify recommendations based on best practices, models, history, current trends, theories, standards, and practices of civilian oversight of law enforcement.
Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell Charles created weekly city-wide events, “ONE Caring ANNAPOLIS”, that took place every Friday, starting in June of 2019. At the weekly events, pastors from a number of parishes and other organizations in the Annapolis area directly engaged with residents in public and subsidized housing communities in the City of Annapolis as well as with many other residents throughout the City in an effort to tamp down violence and help connect residents to City services and resources. The program is paused due to the pandemic. Learn more about participating parishes.
In 2019, then-City Manager Teresa Sutherland undertook the hiring of a new Annapolis Police Chief. She assembled a diverse interview group to first hold a series of community meetings to ask residents a simple question, “what do you want to see in a new police chief?” As a result of the meetings, the interview group wrote a job description and began a nationwide search. After reviewing resumes, they selected a number of candidates for interviews. The standout was Edward Jackson, a college professor and veteran of the Baltimore Police Department. Mayor Buckley swore Jackson in in late summer 2019. More on Chief Jackson.