Independent Monitor

Selection and Role of the Independent Monitor

Under the terms of the City of Baltimore Consent Decree, an Independent Monitor (“Monitor”) will be appointed by the Court in order to assist the Court in determining when the terms of the Consent Decree have been implemented.  The Monitor team will include individuals with expertise in policing, civil rights, monitoring, data analysis, project management, and related areas, as well as local experience and expertise with the diverse communities of Baltimore.  The Monitor is charged to assess and report on whether the requirements of the Consent Decree have been implemented and to actively provide Technical Assistance to the City and the BPD in order to achieve compliance.

The Monitor is being selected pursuant to a process jointly established by the City, BPD and DOJ.  See the Request for Application (“RFA”). The RFA specifies the criteria upon which the selection for the Monitor shall be made, including: each team member’s experience and qualification to perform the tasks outlined in the Consent Decree; the ability to work collaboratively with BPD, the City and DOJ to enable the City and BPD to reach compliance; and the ability to do so in a cost effective manner. 

The RFA garnered 26 responses by the June 8, 2017 deadline for applying to be Monitor. 

The City, BPD and DOJ have jointly selected six applicant teams to interview for the role of Independent Monitor (in alphabetical order):

  • CNA Consulting
  • DLA Piper
  • Exiger
  • Powers Consulting Group
  • Susan Burke
  • Venable LLP

After conducting preliminary interviews, the City, BPD and DOJ jointly selected the following Finalist Applicants (in alphabetical order):

  • CNA Consulting
  • Exiger
  • Powers Consulting Group
  • Venable LLP

Monitor Applications

The Monitor Applications are available here.  Members of the public are invited to review and submit written comments and recommendations on the Applications (click here to view the notice).

Members of the public can submit written comments either via email to [email protected] or mailed to the address below: 

Puneet Cheema
United States Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC  20530

To ensure full consideration by the Parties, submissions should be made no later than July 17, 2017.  Email submissions are encouraged. 

The Parties will compile the public submissions, forward them to the Court, and publish them on the websites for DOJ, the BPD, and the City.  The Parties will not forward or post submissions that contain irrelevant, threatening, or inflammatory material, or any submissions that reveal confidential information.      

Public comments and recommendations on the Monitor Applications can be viewed here.

Public Meetings

The Finalist Applicants have been invited to participate in two public forums with community members on August 15 and 16. Members of the public are invited to submit written questions for the Finalist Applicants. To ensure full consideration, submissions should be made no later than August 13, 2017 at the email or mailing address above. Email submissions are encouraged.

Public questions for the Finalist Applicants can be viewed here.

The Finalist Applicants have provided the following answers to these public questions.

Monitor's Term

The Court will appoint the Monitor for an initial period of almost three years, subject to an evaluation by the Court to determine whether to renew the Monitor’s appointment until the Termination of the Decree or for another two years, whichever happens first.

Monitor Implementation Timeline

  • June 8, 2017: Monitor Team Applications due
  • June 16, 2017: Monitor Team Applications posted for public review and comment
  • July 17, 2017: Deadline for Public to submit comment on the Monitor Applications
  • July 21, 2017: Six Applicants Invited for Interviews
  • August 8, 2017: Finalist Applicants Identified
  • August 13, 2017: Deadline for public to submit written questions to ask Finalist Applicants
  • August 15 & 16, 2017: Public Meetings (two) in which Finalist Applicants have the opportunity to answer the public’s written questions (Morgan State University and Baltimore City Community College)
  • Week of August 21, 2017: City and BPD together with DOJ recommend one or two Finalists to the Court

All timeline items will occur concurrently to the Mayor appointing members to the Civilian Oversight Task Force (COTF) and the Baltimore City Police Department's actions to implement the reforms delineated in the Consent Decree.