The ad-hoc committee tasked with choosing a firm to conduct a racial bias study of the Charleston Police Department will narrow down the list of interested companies on Tues. June 26.
Starting at 2:30 p.m., the committee will meet at the HR Training Room in the third floor of the municipal building of 75 Calhoun St.
Most of the discussion will take place in executive session, which is not open to the public. It is standard procedure for proposals to be discussed in private before a vendor is chosen for any contract, according to a city spokesperson.
The public will be invited back inside to watch committee members “vote” and essentially compose a short list.
The list will be posted online by Wednesday morning.
One of the firms being considered, the Washington, D.C.-based Police Foundation, is currently working with the Department of Justice to assess community-police relations in the city of North Charleston
The majority-white, 13-person "Police Audit" committee last met on Wed. April 4 — also on a weekday in the middle of the day.
From L-R: Charleston city lawyer Susan Herdina, assistant to the mayor Mike Whack, and traffic and transportation director Keith Benjamin at a April 4, 2018 meeting to draft a scope of work for a racial bias audit of the Charleston Police Department.
According to a scope of work drafted in part by the Charleston Area Justice Ministry, the chosen firm will be tasked with uncovering "any aspects of implicit bias, systemic and individual racial bias" in the police department. The firm will also assess "patterns and trends in use of force by city geography, community characteristics, departmental units, incident factors, subject demographics, and officer demographics."
City Council voted to eliminate a police department audit from Novak Consulting's contract in November, amid concerns from activists and African-American residents that the firm was neither qualified enough, nor diverse enough, for the job.