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Cleveland picks a monitor for its consent decree
City officials say their choice presented one of the lowest bids but had the most experience

Kevin Niedermier
Matthew Barge of the Police Assessment Resource Center will lead the monitoring of Cleveland's consent decree.
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A non-profit Los Angeles-based police consulting firm has been named to monitor Cleveland’s consent decree with the Justice Department for police reforms relating to excessive use of force. Today Cleveland officials announced that the Police Assessment Resource Center will be paid nearly $5 million to track the consent decree’s progress. As WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports, Cleveland chose the company over 22 other candidates with asking prices as high as $13 million.

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The Police Assessment Resource Center, know, as PARC, has worked with many other large cities on consent decrees and other police force issues, and is currently working in Seattle. City officials say PARC was the most experienced and more cost effective because many of its members from law enforcement work for free. Company Vice President Matthew Barge heads the Cleveland monitoring team. He says strong consent decree in-buy from the city’s government and police department makes Cleveland unique.

“No one is fighting this, it’s here, and they’ve agreed to a consent decree that not only addresses the scope of the DOJ investigation but covers a lot of other ground. In doing that, I think it’s made this consent decree among the most far reaching and most specific of any I’ve or this team has seen.”

The consent decree reforms are expected to cost Cleveland about $45 million, a sum city officials say will require donations from the business and philanthropic communities as well as possible budget adjustments. Last year a Justice Department investigation found that Cleveland police used excessive force too often, leading to its consent decree


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U.S Attorney Steven Dettelbach (at podium) Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams (center) and Matthew Barge of the Police Assessment Resource Center talk about the job of monitoring Cleveland's consent decree.

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