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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.

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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.

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.”

AG Garland Tells Police Organizations to Expect Many More Federal Investigations of Agencies

Garland described the so-called pattern-or-practice investigations as a return to the sort of oversight the Trump administration sharply curtailed, one of the people said.

5 Policing Initiatives the Biden Administration is Likely to Tackle

A new president sometimes brings changes for law enforcement agencies, and this year the upheaval will be more than usual.

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Judge: Baltimore PD Has All the Elements Necessary to Succeed Under Consent Decree

Well-meaning officers need to be trained that the ‘warrior model’ of policing does not fly in Baltimore; that the city is not made safer by a perception in the community that officers are fearsome and predisposed to use force to solve problems,” U.S. District Judge James Bredar said in a statement.

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