City of Cleveland Welcomes Public Feedback on Use of Force Policy

Thursday, September 8, 2016

CLEVELAND – Today, new Use of Force Policies developed by the Cleveland Division of Police in cooperation with the Consent Decree Monitoring Team, the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office were released for public comment. Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams welcome and encourage the public to participate in this feedback process prior to the development of final policies, which are anticipated to become effective in early 2017.

“The City of Cleveland is fully committed to implementing the reforms as set out in the Consent Decree,” said Mayor Jackson. “Employing new and improved Use of Force Policies is an important step towards achieving this goal.”

“Throughout this entire process we have welcomed and will continue to welcome input from the citizens we proudly serve each day,” said Police Chief Williams. “As we continue to make progress, I am confident that the Cleveland Division of Police is well on its way to becoming a model department for policing throughout the nation.”

“Today is a milestone in the Consent Decree compliance process,” said Consent Decree Implementation Coordinator Gregory A. White. “Through the dedication and hard work of those responsible within the Division of Police along with the Monitoring Team and the Department of Justice, these policies have been developed in record time.”

View the proposed policies and provide feedback here: