Police Commissioners this week agreed an outside consultant could help oversee the implementation of the police department’s 2011 Strategic Plan — even agreeing who they believe that person should be. But they stopped short of making a formal recommendation to the City Council.
Elise Stearns-Niesen, commission chair, said attorney Robert Corbin, who assisted the Los Angeles Police Department in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating and Rampart scandal, “seems to know where we were and where we are going.”
Success would mean cultural changes had taken place in a department plagued by lawsuits and allegations of excessive force. But commissioners said they were unsure what exactly that would mean for them or the overseer, conceding this is a new area for them.