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Baltimore searches for independent monitor, to oversee police reforms

As Baltimore looks to reform its police department, the process to select an independent monitor is underway.

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- As Baltimore looks to reform its police department, the process to select an independent monitor is underway.

The city has launched a nationwide search to find an independent monitor. This person will be a key player in not only the oversight of reform within the Baltimore Police Department -- but the speed at which it will occur.

Once selected the monitor and his or her team will judge for themselves the police department's rollout of reform measures issuing quarterly reports on the department's progress.

At city hall -- it's not only the selection of an independent monitor on the mayor's mind, but the role city residents will play in overseeing police reform.

“We want citizens to be engaged we want them to feel free to express themselves,” Mayor Pugh said.

Information on the application process is already laid out on a new website the city launched which helps to explain the process of police reform from start to finish.

Within six months the mayor is promising a noticeable difference in the relationship between the community and police paid to protect it.

Those who would like to be a part of the civilian task force will need to get an application in by May 22.

There are five positions available and they are open to Baltimore City residents only.

To access the new portal, or apply to be on the task force, visit http://consentdecree.baltimorecity.gov/

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