This Wednesday, the Board of Estimates will be awarding a $50,000 federal grant to a local law firm to provide police officers with better training on how to legally stop citizens, along with other areas in need of improvement. The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office chose the Warnken, LLC, law firm to be the reciever of this funded training, which is contracted to begin May 6 through June 30.
Byron Warnken, a law professor at the University of Baltimore, stated that he has composed a 130 page document that will be used in the training of 300 or more police officers. He has constructed a three part session plan, which includes cops, cars and stops, the correct steps and procedures for warrant related searches and arrests and lastly how police officers prepare and present testimonies in the courtroom.
Warnken also stated that he was asked by city officials to begin the 12-hour training program before the national uproar over Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died while in police custody, had begun.
According to spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, Rochelle Ritchie, this training program was devised to improve the outcome of cases.
By Kameron Hadley
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