"They don't understand why a brand-new police commissioner who was brought here to look at things with an outside eye now needs someone else to come here and look at things with an outside eye," Scott said.

At a City Council hearing last month, Batts said the consultant's report will ultimately save the city money by fixing inefficiencies. He said the consultant will be asked to tackle long-unresolved issues, from the city's outdated patrol districts to the schedules that officers follow.

"Our [patrol] posts are off balance. I can save the city money. Our deployment practices are inefficient. I can save the city money," he said.

Responding to questions from council members about why he can't oversee such reform personally, Batts likened the effort to "changing a car tire while going 50 miles an hour."

"I have an operational responsibility every day and don't have time to stop and slow down," Batts said. "If we could do it internally, we'd already be efficient."

The company also will be asked to recommend staffing revisions, new tactics for investigations and improvements in working conditions to aid in recruitment and morale, according to a request for proposals.

Council members questioned whether Batts could address so many long-standing issues for the department.

"Give me 18 months," he said with a wink.

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