BALTIMORE — Teams applying to be an independent monitor over police reforms in Baltimore made their cases for why they should be selected during a community forum at Coppin State University.

An agreement, known as a consent decree, between Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice includes nearly $1.5 million annually to pay for a monitoring team. The team will oversee the agreement’s implementation, including improvements such as additional training for officers.

Twenty-six different firms applied for the job, and 24 of the applicants answered questions at Thursday’s meeting. The group of experts mostly comes from law enforcement backgrounds, including former police commissioners from Philadelphia, Virginia and Dallas.

City residents have until July 17 to submit comments on the applicants before the city recommends one or two candidates by next month.

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