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Consent Decrees

MA Agency Released from 1972 Consent Decree

According to Springfield Police, the Massachusetts’s Attorney General’s Office informed Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood Monday that a judge removed the Springfield Police Department from the 1972 Castro v. Beecher Federal Consent Decree.

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New Orleans Officers Leaving in Droves, Slam Agency in Exit Interviews

The departing thoughts of veteran officers and newbies alike lend biting and often emotional detail to a recent NOPD-commissioned survey that reflected similar discontent, with pay a distant second in the reasons officers gave for leaving in droves.

MA Officials ask Federal Court to End Consent Decrees Over Police Hiring

"It is time for the consent decrees to end, at the proposed termination dates, so that all municipalities in Massachusetts may resume hiring entry-level police officers and firefighters in accordance with state law," according to the state's April filing.

Oakland Police Consent Decree Oversight Could End Next Year

For nearly two decades a court-appointed monitor has overseen whether the OPD is meeting more than 50 reform mandated actions. The monitors reports are then reviewed by a judge.

Chicago Police Consent Decree Monitor Discusses Progress

The monitor said work had to be done for the department even to achieve the preliminary compliance CPD has reached in just over 50% of the provisions her team has so far reviewed.

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.

Editorial: Who Monitors the Monitors

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

Consent Decree Monitor Says Chicago Officer Shortage Endangering Public and Police

Between January and June of 2021, Chicago police saw 363 officers leave the department. The losses include Chicago's Deputy Chief at the Bureau of Crime Control, at a time when police struggle to get crime under control with carjackings, shootings and murders all up.

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.

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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.”

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