Talks between the Police Department and the Department of Justice are the next step in the process.

The Seattle Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed to meet shortly after the first of the year to discuss the findings in more detail.

They then will attempt to reach an agreement called a “consent decree,” which would be filed in federal court.

The decree would lay out how the Police Department will address the Justice Department findings, while setting deadlines to reach those goals. The Justice Department is asking for a special court-appointed monitor to ensure the department’s compliance.

If the parties fail to reach an agreement, the Justice Department could file a lawsuit to force changes in the department. If that happens, it could result in fines, penalties and even the appointment of an outside special master to oversee the Police Department.