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Cost continues to climb for study of Bainbridge police department

The police expert hired as a consultant to review the city of Bainbridge Island Police Department has now billed the city a total of $12,148 for his work on the assessment.

Pendleton Consulting, a Kingston-based firm headed by Michael Pendleton, a former police officer and professor at the University of Washington, has been doing an in-depth organizational assessment of the department.

Pendleton started his work in March, and in his most recent invoices to the city, he has billed Bainbridge for 14 hours of additional time on the project. The council approved the payments for the work — conducted by Pendleton in May — at its last meeting.

Pendleton has not responded to repeated requests by the Review for an update on his assessment.

According to his project log, his most recent work has been for a two-hour interview with police on Bainbridge Island, followed by seven hours spent on data analysis from his earlier police interviews.

He also spent five hours on data analysis from interviews from Bainbridge leaders and community members.

All told, Pendleton has spent nearly 75 hours on the project. He is being paid $135 an hour for his work on the police department analysis.

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