Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Milwaukee Employees to Examine City Bureau

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Milwaukee Employees to Examine City Bureau

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Two employees of the Milwaukee police department expect to spend about three workweeks evaluating the Pittsburgh police bureau, including its usage of crime data, according to a partial consulting proposal released Wednesday.

Documents released by Pittsburgh solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge state that Milwaukee chief of staff Joel Plant and data analyst Daniel Polans plan to spend about 182 hours assessing various aspects of the Pittsburgh police department. Ms. Sanchez-Ridge, who could not be reached Wednesday afternoon, did not release a part of the proposal that included an agreement to help recruit women, minorities and veterans, or resumes for Mr. Polans and Mr. Plant, who worked in Madison, Wis., when acting Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay was a captain there.

Mr. Plant and Mr. Polans work for a department that has in recent years come under intense scrutiny amid allegations that it under- reported thousands of crimes.

What role, if any, Mr. Plant - whose rank some have said is akin to second in the department - had with that data is unclear, as neither he nor the Milwaukee police department have discussed the issue.

The proposal submitted by Mr. Plant and dated Oct. 13 - the same day he formed his company ESM Advisors LLC, and 12 days after Pittsburgh sent out requests for proposals - indicates that he expects to spend 10 nights in Pittsburgh, and Mr. Polans will spend three nights here. The remainder of their work will be done remotely and is expected to total about 182 hours, Mr. Plant wrote.

ESM Advisors received a contract for $32,340 after four other companies declined to submit proposals. The initial anticipated contract value was $29,400, but Mr. Plant recommended a "10% contingency," bumping up the value to $32,340.

The company's work will be done in two phases - the first focusing on the Pittsburgh bureau's leadership, organization and data analysis, and the second focusing on its handling of money and communications, according to the proposal. …

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