Today, Judge Gary Feess, extended the entire Consent Decree for an additional three years. This was primarily due to the City of LA’s and the LAPD’s inability to construct and implement the TEAMS II computer system. While both the Judge and the Independent Monitor complimented the men and women of the Department for their commitment, effort and progress that has been made, they believe the entire decree has to be substantially complied with and a partial release is not possible. The City and the Department of Justice had requested that only portions of the decree be extended.
The three-year period was selected because the decree requires two years of substantial compliance and since TEAMS II will not be ready for full implementation until the end of 2006, two years would not have been sufficient.
Let me set the record straight, The LAPD has done an outstanding job in achieving the progress that has been made. Compliance has been fulfilled for a substantial portion of the decree and for those provisions where it has not been achieved, we are very close. I would like to thank each and every one of the men and women of the Department for their commitment to accepting the decree and implementing it.
Their efforts have made the LAPD the premier Department in the country and we are the standard in such areas as training, dealing with the mentally ill, police performance auditing and use of force investigations. These are now accepted as best practices and we will continue to be the standard for all other departments.
We will finish TEAMS II and achieve compliance with the remaining paragraphs and when we do, we will be released from this decree.
Consent Decree Bureau