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Baltimore police monitoring team announces meeting schedule, draft budget

The Baltimore Police Monitoring Team, Baltimore Police Department and U.S. Department of Justice will have monthly meetings with U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar to update him on consent decree implementation, according to a Wednesday news release.

The meetings will begin Friday and a 12-month schedule has been set.

Initial meetings will address prioritized areas based on community input, focusing on transportation of people in custody in February; police misconduct investigations and discipline in March; and stops, searches and arrests in April.

The judge also scheduled four public hearings to be held over the next year to allow public input and update citizens on progress. Reports made at the first three meetings with the judge, which are closed to the public, will be incorporated into presentations made by the parties at the public hearings.

The team announced a draft first-year budget Tuesday which is open for public comment through Feb. 9. A draft first-year monitoring plan was announced earlier this month.

The estimated fees and expenses are within the $1.5 million cap established in the consent decree, and it is anticipated at least 25 percent of the team’s work will be done pro bono, saving approximately $415,000.

One quarter of the budget is allocated for community engagement work, including hiring liaisons in each police district, funding a comprehensive community survey and other miscellaneous costs like refreshments at community meetings.

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