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Statute Text

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Article - Education
§4–318.  
(a)   In this section, “Baltimore City school police officer” means any person who, when acting in an official capacity, is authorized by law to make arrests and who is a member of the Baltimore City School Police Force.
(b)   There is a Baltimore City School Police Force.
(c)   The members of the Baltimore City School Police Force shall be employees of and be appointed by the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.
(d)    (1)   Except as provided in paragraph (3) of this subsection, a Baltimore City school police officer has all the powers of a law enforcement officer in the State.
(2)    (i)   A Baltimore City school police officer may act in an official capacity only on the premises of schools and any other property used for educational purposes owned, leased, or operated by, or under the control of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.
(ii)   A Baltimore City school police officer may not act in an official capacity on any other property unless:
1.   Engaged in fresh pursuit of a suspected offender;
2.   Requested or authorized to do so by the Police Commissioner of Baltimore City;
3.   The exercise of power is necessary to facilitate the orderly flow of traffic to and from property owned, leased, operated by, or under the control of the Baltimore City School System; or
4.   Ordered to do so by the Mayor of Baltimore City.
(3)    (i)   Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a Baltimore City school police officer whose permanent or temporary assignment is at a school or on school property may carry a firearm on the premises of the school to which the officer is assigned before or after regular school hours on school days and on days other than school days.
(ii)   The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners shall establish policies to implement the provisions of subparagraph (i) of this paragraph.
(e)    (1)   In consultation with the Maryland Police Training Commission, the Civil Service Commission of Baltimore City shall adopt:
(i)   Requirements for education, training, human and public relations skills, and moral character that an applicant must meet to qualify for employment as a Baltimore City school police officer; and
(ii)   Standards for the performance of duties.
(2)   Any requirements adopted by the Civil Service Commission on or after July 1, 1991 may not affect the status of any individual who is a qualified Baltimore City school police officer on that date.
(f)   The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners shall adopt regulations governing the:
(1)   Operation of the Baltimore City School Police Force; and
(2)   Conduct of each Baltimore City school police officer.
(g)   This section does not:
(1)   Make a Baltimore City school police officer a member of the Baltimore City Police Department; or
(2)   Affect the salary, benefits, or retirement program of an employee of Baltimore City or the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.
(h)   Beginning July 1, 2017, and every 2 years thereafter, the Baltimore City School Police Force shall submit a report to the members of the Baltimore City Delegation to the General Assembly, in accordance with § 2–1246 of the State Government Article, on:
(1)   The condition of vehicles and firearms of the Baltimore City School Police Force; and
(2)   The anticipated needs of the Baltimore City School Police Force for vehicles and firearms for the following 2 years.