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Baltimore, Justice Department begin search for consent decree monitor, setting June 8 deadline for applications

Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday began their formal search for a monitor to oversee sweeping reforms to city policing mandated by a court-ordered consent decree.

The request for applications from prospective monitoring teams marked the first step in the process since a federal judge approved the consent decree earlier this month.

It came the same day the city began accepting applications from local residents to fill a five-person civilian oversight panel also mandated by the deal.

The 16-page document outlining the requirements for the monitor noted the initial three-year contract would be worth no more than $1.475 million per year, and set a deadline for submissions of June 8. Applications to serve on the civilian panel are due May 22.

The consent decree stems from an investigation of the Baltimore Police Department by the Justice Department, which issued a scathing report last summer that found city officers engaged in widespread discriminatory and unconstitutional policing, particularly in predominantly black neighborhoods.

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