Office of Internal Oversight
By Office of Internal Oversight
Monday, April 21, 2014; 7:20 am
Office of Internal Oversight (OIO)
Commander Colonel Garnell Green
601 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
To maintain organizational transparency, improve performance and increase accountability, the Baltimore Police Department’s Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) is tasked with responding, investigating and reporting police categorical use of force incidents. OIO will update this site regularly with data related to categorical use of force incidents, which is defined as actions taken by a Baltimore police officer that may result in serious physical injury or death.
Beginning in January 2014, the OIO implemented a new Force Investigation Team (FIT) to thoroughly and impartially review these incidents, including shootings, and other categorical uses of force where the injury may be directly attributed to the use of force by an officer and requires the individual's admission to a hospital. The maps below show the 2014 incidents that FIT responded to related to homicides (first map) and shootings (second map).
It is important to note that officer involved shootings and other categorical uses of force do not occur in a vacuum. Officers are more likely to face armed individuals or volatile situations where their lives or the lives of the public are in jeopardy in areas were violent crime is more frequent. As shown in the maps, many of the incidents investigated by the Force Investigation Team or FIT (red circles) correspond to places where homicides (green circles) and shootings (pink circles) occurred and demonstrate the challenges that officers face on a daily basis. As the year progresses and once the investigation is concluded, additional details on each incident will be posted to this site.
The following are maps created within the Open Baltimore website. You have the ability to zoom in and out of the maps using the zoom tool on the left side of the map. You can click within each district to see a pop-up with the district name. If you click on the black title bar on top of the map, you will link directly to the map within Open Baltimore in order to use additional features associated with the map.