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CO Agency Agrees to Change Hiring, Use of Force, Training Under State Consent Decree

CO Agency Agrees to Change Hiring, Use of Force, Training Under State Consent Decree

The decree says that Aurora will have to develop new policies and training for officers surrounding stopping people, tracking and documenting use-of-force incidents and creating a culture that prioritizes de-escalation, making changes to the city’s Force Review Board, making policy changes surrounding different types of stops and crisis intervention.

November 17, 2021

Editorial: Who Monitors the Monitors

Being appointed to oversee a federal consent decree against a law enforcement agency should not lead to lifetime employment.

October 13, 2021

Consent Decree Monitor Says Chicago Officer Shortage Endangering Public and Police

AG Garland Announces New Rules Regulating Consent Decree Monitors

Monitoring teams — usually composed of former police officials, lawyers, academics and police-reform consultants — have typically billed local taxpayers between $1 million and $2 million per year. Some consultants have served on federal oversight teams in more than one city at the same time, drawing criticism over conflicts of interest.

September 13, 2021

Judge: Oakland Police On Track to Get Out from Under Federal Oversight

Judge: Oakland Police On Track to Get Out from Under Federal Oversight

“The light at the end of the tunnel is closer and brighter than it has been at any time since I’ve been sitting on the case, and I think that’s a result of the ongoing commitment of every important player to this process,” Judge William Orrick said. However, he added, “more work is needed.”

September 2, 2021

5 Policing Initiatives the Biden Administration is Likely to Tackle
The Biden Threat to Law Enforcement

The Biden Threat to Law Enforcement

Police departments are now on notice: they may expect a knock on the door at any time from a Washington attorney, demanding truckloads of documents as the prelude to years of federal interference and budget-busting compliance rules and fees

November 11, 2020

Fired Oakland Chief Wants DOJ Probe of Department's Federal Monitor, Says Commissioner Wanted "Favors"
Baltimore PD to Enact Reforms in 2020, Despite Delays

Baltimore PD to Enact Reforms in 2020, Despite Delays

City and police leaders say Baltimore residents should start to see the Police Department’s consent decree reforms on the street for the first time in 2020, but many key initiatives are delayed as well.

December 26, 2019

Chicago Police Unveil Use-of-Force Dashboard

The Chicago Police Department on Monday introduced its Use of Force Dashboard, a publicly accessible collection of every police incident that involved an officer's use of force dating back to several years.

October 1, 2019

Judge Approves Order for Major Reforms at Chicago Police Department

The consent decree requires officers to document each time they draw their weapons—even if they don't actually fire—and tightens instances in which officers may deploy TASERs. It also requires the department to publish use-of-force data on a monthly basis.

February 1, 2019

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