DOJ reveals federal program to monitor police departments

DOJ reveals federal program to monitor police departments


The Department of Justice has announced a series of actions it plans to take in order to monitor state and local law enforcement groups to improve “efficiency and efficacy.” 

On Monday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced 19 actions the department will be taking when monitoring police departments, saying that despite the existing tools the Department of Justice is already using, more is needed. 

“The department has found that – while consent decrees and monitorships are important tools to increase transparency and accountability – the department can and should do more to improve their efficiency and efficacy,” Garland said in a statement. “The Associate Attorney General has recommended – and I have accepted – a set of 19 actions that the department will take to address those concerns.”

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The new series of actions comes from a list of recommendations from Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, who did a review of the use of monitors by speaking with state

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