Merrick J. Bobb is the independent monitor appointed by the Honorable James Robart to oversee implementation of the consent decree between the Department of Justice and City of Seattle addressing the Seattle Police Department. He was appointed Monitor in 2012.
Merrick is the Executive Director of the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC). Since 2001, PARC has provided independent, evidence-based counsel and research on effective, respectful, and publicly accountable policing to law enforcement agencies, government entities, and community groups.
Merrick and PARC have consulted for the cities of Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, Burbank, Pasadena, Oakland, and San Francisco, California; Wallkill, New York; Albuquerque and Farmington, New Mexico; Mesa, Arizona; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland and Eugene, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; New Orleans, Louisiana; and several others. The scope of PARC's work is increasingly national, with PARC providing services to the Greek Police, the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro, and to national leaders in Brazil.
PARC has received substantial grants to develop national guidelines or best practices in several important areas. The Bureau of Justice Administration (BJA) made a major grant to PARC to formulate national guidelines for monitors of law enforcement agencies. PARC received a major sub-grant from the COPS Office of the Department of Justice to the LAPD to develop national standards for Internal Affairs bureaus.
For 22 years, Merrick served as Special Counsel to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the purpose of monitoring the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD)–the fourth largest law enforcement agency in the United States. In doing so, he functioned as the first long-term, independent monitor of a law enforcement agency. Merrick issued some 34 reports that addressed a host of critical issues, including use of force, civilian complaints, internal investigations and reviews of critical incidents, training, supervision, and risk management. Merrick served on two blue-ribbon commissions that investigated law enforcement in Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident in the early 1990s.
Merrick has also served as Special Counsel to the Los Angeles Police Commission for the purposes of establishing the first Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He co-authored a special study of the LAPD five years after the Rodney King incident. In 2005, he was appointed by Chief William Bratton to serve on a Board of Inquiry to examine LAPD SWAT practices.
Before founding PARC, Merrick, a lawyer, worked at the law firms of Tuttle & Taylor and O'Melveny & Myers. At both firms, he specialized in complex litigation and investigation for public agencies, government, and corporate clients. He also conducted detailed investigations for corporate boards of directors of officers and directors. He is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and of Darmouth College.