Justice Department posts job ad for federal monitor of Newark polic

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 16, 2015

NEWARK — The U.S. Justice Department is looking for applicants to serve as a federal monitor of the Newark Police Department, officials announced today.

The Justice Department has posted an advertisement seeking applicants from individuals or organizations interested in the job, the department said in statement.

The monitor or monitoring team will track the police department's efforts to reform its operations including analyzing its community engagement, searches and stops, arrests, use of force and bias-free policing, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

The department is looking for candidates with experience measuring organizational change, working with diverse communities and an expertise in law enforcement practices and analysis, the statement said.

City officials responded but did not immediately comment on the announcement.

The U.S. Justice Department, which posted the request for applications on its website, said applications are due by 5:00 pm on Feb. 13, 2015.

The announcement follows a review by the Justice department which revealed that the Newark police department repeatedly violated the rights of its citizens, particularly African Americans.

Last July the Department announced that Newark would become the first municipal police agency in New Jersey and the 13th in the nation to operate under a federal watchdog.

The review, led by the Justice Department’s civil rights division, found that police failed to provide sufficient constitutional reason for about 75 percent of pedestrian stops, which disproportionately targeted African Americans.

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