Doc 295: Monitor's Para. 298 Outcome Report
The "Paragraph 298 Outcome Report" has been published by Monitor James Ginger, and the news is almost all bad.The first of the "outcome reports" focuses on the Monitor's frustration with the absence of valid, verifiable data.
Judge Brack ordered Dr. Ginger to produce his "Outcome Report" by August 1, or explain why he could not. The Monitor explained on August 1 that the Parties needed time "to notify the Monitor of any issues..."and to ensure that the Independent Monitor would have adequate time to review any issues raised by the Parties," the Monitor would file the report by August 18, 2017.
The Settlement Agreement required that in addition to compliance reviews and audits, "the Monitor shall conduct qualitative and quantitative assessments" to measure results of the reform effort.
The desired result was set out in paragraph 294, which requires the Monitor to determine whether the implementation of the Settlement Agreement "is resulting in high-level, quality service; officer safety and accountability; effective constitutional policing; and increased community trust of APD."
Dr. Ginger is highly critical of APD's performance throughout the report:
We have major reservations about the system's ability to produce high-quality trustworthy data.
APD, at multiple levels and stages, missed significant opportunities to catch problems early remediate and resolve them quickly, reinforce good practice and provideinvaluable feedback to the policy and training functions.
The serious deficiencies revealed point to deeply rooted systemic probems... indicate a culture of low accountability is at work within APD, particularly in chain of command reviews. . .
Hiding officer's identification makes these reports virtually useless. . .
Use of Force Reporting
Use of force by APD is frequently not reported, and when reported is often under-reported. . . APD is "flying blind" when it comes to assessing and controlling uses of force. . . Data tables "are virtually impossible to construct, given the ineffectual reporting modalities of APD...
Data collected by APD's reporting system for Paragraph 298c are virtually unusable. . . As currently delivered and used by APD, the CIT reporting "system" is not useable to identify successes, failures, liability exposures or any other meaningful management detail. . . we have noted frequent and sometimes chronic problems relating to the accuracy of data provided by APD. . .
Academy Recruitment and Training
No conclusions can be drawn from the provided data except to say that recruiting. . . is not routinized, and appears not to be guided by goals, objectives and operational milestones . . . the Academy functions in a highly reactive manner, and is not supported or guided by assertive data management and analysis practices that function in an organized, analytical way.