TACOMA, Wash. — The city of Tacoma will pay a consulting firm up to $250,000 to review current practices of the Tacoma Police Department, according to a contract obtained by The News Tribune.
The contract, executed with 21st Century Policing Solutions, or 21CP Solutions, went into effect June 18.
The contract outlines two main tasks:
- Provide immediate counsel and advice to city leaders to address issues, challenges and opportunities related to policing and public safety in Tacoma.
- Conduct a comprehensive assessment of Tacoma Police Department’s current practices, procedures and operations.
The second task includes evaluating various TPD policies, including use of force, discriminatory policing and bias-free policing practices, officer misconduct and accountability, officer recruitment, hiring, and retention, and more.
The contract also outlines convening focus groups with TPD personnel and engaging with people to “hear history, experiences, values, concerns and ideas for the future.”
The scope of the work is expected to be completed by June 16, 2022, and the city will pay no more than $256,960, according to the contract.
Tacoma City Manager Elizabeth Pauli referenced working with the consulting agency at a City Council meeting on Tuesday about police reform. Pauli said the past work of 21CP Solutions contributed to the development of the city’s own Project Peace.
“I brought that group on to start talking with me about what it is that I needed to be aware of and what did I need to learn to again be able to guide the police department and to assist the council in this transformation,” Pauli said.
21CP Solutions is a consulting firm based in Chicago that aims to help communities and organizations address public safety challenges. The firm came to be following the development of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing by President Barack Obama in 2014.
“21CP is a collective of national experts, from veteran police chiefs and preeminent scholars to leading civil rights lawyers and police union representatives — all united behind a common goal of furthering a new, shared vision of public safety that works for everyone,” the city’s contract states.
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