Public meeting on NOPD consent decree monitor this week

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The city of New Orleans and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed on a schedule of meetings to choose a contractor who will monitor the New Orleans Police Department's (NOPD) compliance with its federal consent decree. The first one is Thursday, March 7, at 1 p.m. at the Superdome.

The point of the consent decree is obviously not the hiring of a monitoring firm. But the monitor is, in some ways, the most important piece here. That's not only because the contract — estimated to be worth as much as $10 million over five years — is one of the biggest expenses the city will take on in consent decree implementation.

It's also because the monitor will essentially determine if the consent decree is actually working. The company will measure whether the the department is making required progress on schedule and, therefore, when federal oversight can end. A federal judge will ultimately make the decisions. But those decisions will likely be based in large part on compliance reviews and citizen interviews conducted by the monitor.

The consent decree requires the parties to select a contractor within 90 days of consent decree approval, or April 11, unless an extension is approved by the judge. The city and the feds have asked U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan to extend the selection process by a few weeks, to April 30.

Meeting description, from court records:

"All public meetings will take place in the Superdome, in either the St. Charles Room or the Bienville Room."


Initial Public Meeting: Explanation of Process and Selection of Interviewees

On March 7, 2013 at 1pm until as late as necessary, the Evaluation Committee will meet to inform the public of the process it will use to select a Proposed Monitor and schedule for doing so. Also at that meeting, the Evaluation Committee will discuss the merits of each proposal and decide on a “short list” of candidates to be interviewed. If, after such discussion, the Evaluation Committee needs more information from any of the Monitor Candidates, the Evaluation Committee may consider and discuss methods of gathering that information. The Evaluation Committee also may decide on a set of questions that will be asked of all Monitor Candidates during the public interviews.

Read the full proposed schedule: Agreement_on_Process_to_Select_a_Consent_Decree_Monitor.pdf

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