(CN) - The City of Miami and the Miami-Dade Police Department have agreed to reforms that will allow them to more closely monitor all police officer-related shootings, the Justice Department announced.
The settlement, which will take effect once it's signed by all parties, "resolves claims stemming from the Justice Department's investigation into officer-involved shootings by MPD officers, which was conducted under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994," the department said.
According to the department, an investigation revealed that there was a pattern of excessive force in shootings involving Miami-Dade police officers and these incidents violated the Fourth Amendment.
"The settlement agreement is designed to minimize officer-involved shootings and to more effectively and quickly investigate officer-involved shootings that do occur," the Justice Department said..
The agreement will include the enhanced supervision of "first-line officers," enhanced training, improvements to internal investigations, a more rigorous system that reviews the authorization of the return to work of shooting officers, and finally a mechanism that will involve the community in the monitoring of the process.
Under the terms of the agreement, former Tampa, Fla. Police Chief, Jane Castor will supervise the the city's compliance with the reforms.
Neither the Miami Dade Police Department nor the Department of Justice responded to email requests for comment on the agreement.
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