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City OKs rules on self-reporting arrests

The Baltimore Board of Estimates has approved a comprehensive policy requiring most city employees to notify their superiors of an arrest.

Under the policy, which took effect immediately, employees must notify their agency’s human resources office of an arrest or conviction for any offense greater than a minor traffic offense. The policy does not apply to sworn positions in the city fire and police departments, which are governed by regulations in the manual of procedures and the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights, respectively.

The policy replaces a September 2010 executive order from the mayor mandating self-reporting of arrests and convictions.

“The executive order stemmed from our realization that a city employee had put in fraudulent leave pay slips when he was actually incarcerated,” said Baltimore City Solicitor George A. Nilson. “That incident prompted us to focus on the fact there was a lack of a well-defined policy regarding self-reporting of arrests and convictions.”

After the executive order was adopted a committee was formed to flesh it out and come up with the policy adopted on Wednesday.

In one change from the executive order, the new policy more succinctly guides agency heads on the range of personnel actions to be taken if an employee reports an arrest or conviction. That change, Nilson said, came mainly from concerns voiced by unions representing city workers.