Prosecutor Announces Police Integrity Unit

Thursday, April 07, 2011 – Anne Kramer and the Associated Press
Baltimore State’s Attorney Greg Bernstein is naming a trial attorney to lead his office’s police integrity unit.

Bernstein appointed Janice Bledsoe to lead the revamped two-person unit on Wednesday.

 Bledsoe has been in private practice at her firm, Bledsoe & Goldthorpe, since 2007 and is set to begin her new post next month.

Bernstein is revamping the former police misconduct unit.

After reviewing the practices of similar units in other cities, he established a system for tracking police misconduct allegations to make sure the office meets its obligations for disclosing information in criminal cases.

Bernstein tells WBAL Radio that his office has created much better lines of communication with the police department’s internal affairs division so they provide prosecutors with the information about possible misconduct.

“I think vital and important to maintain the public’s confidence and trust that we are vigilant and focused in those obligations and that we take our responsibility seriously to prosecute incidents of misconduct by law enforcement personnel where appropriate. Miss Bledsoe has a wealth of experience and I think will be a welcome addition to our team,” says Bernstein.

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