Citing costly delays, a Los Angeles City Council committee yesterday scolded police leaders for failing to finish a computerized officer-tracking system at the heart of a court ordered reform decree, reports the Los Angeles Times. A top official pledged that the Los Angeles Police Department would comply with all aspects of the reform order by Jan. 1. A computer system called TEAMS II is intended to track officer actions to help supervisors identify problems, said Councilman Jack Weiss, the committee’s chairman. “There is no excuse for the lack of progress on TEAMS II,” he said.
Because all reforms must be in place for two years before the decree can be lifted, the timetable outlined yesterday would allow the city to petition the court to lift the court monitoring by the start of 2009 – six months ahead of the newly extended schedule. Councilman Ed Reyes said he was disappointed that the city would have to pay $1.6 million or more annually to independent monitor Michael Cherkasky’s firm during the extended period. TEAMS II was designed to provide police supervisors with each officer’s record on arrests, citizen complaints, lawsuits, uses of force, shootings, commendations, assignments, workers’ compensation claims, and other matters.