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City Police Seeking Consultant to Improve Operations

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:22 PM EDT
The Baltimore Police Department is looking to hire a consultation firm to come up with a plan to make the department more effective.

The Baltimore City Police Department is seeking $285,000 to hire a firm called Strategic Policy Partnership. The company would be given the task of coming up with a strategic plan for the department to improve operations.

But the firm was also the highest bidder for the contract, charging thousands of dollars more than its closest competitor.

Strategic Policy Partnerships also has ties to current Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. The company employs former Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, who is a friend of Commissioner Batts.

The relationship between Bratton and Batts has led City Councilman Brandon Scott to call for a hearing of the council's Public Safety Committee to ask questions about how the deal was done.

"Something I've been hearing from constituents, what they don't understand is why a new commissioner who was brought in with outside eyes, need someone to come in and tell him how to effectively do his job," Councilman Scott said.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city used an independent board to evaluate the bids. Commissioner Batts recused himself from the selection process. City Police Seeking Consultant to Improve Operations

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