Cleveland Division of Police Settlement Agreement

The United States Department of Justice and the City of Cleveland have entered into an agreement to create widespread reforms and changes within the Cleveland Division of Police.  

The changes focus on building community trust, creating a culture of community and problem-oriented policing, officer safety and training, officer accountability and technological upgrades. In addition, a Mental Health Response Advisory Committee will be formed to foster relationships and build support between police, the community and mental health providers. There will be broad data collection regarding many of CDP’s activities, including its use of force and stop and search practices, and public reporting of that data on this website.

Under the agreement, the parties have jointly selected an independent monitor to assess and report whether the requirements of the agreement have been implemented for a term of at least five years.


Community Engagement

Community Engagement/Community Police Commission (page 6, paragraph 20)
At least annually, the Commission will issue reports, including any recommendations for improvement, related to each activity that it undertakes. The City will post the Commission’s reports and recommendations to the City’s website.
Stakeholder(s):
  • Community Police Commission
Community Engagement/Community Police Commission (page 6, paragraph 21)
The City will consider and timely respond in writing to the Commission’s recommendations for improvements. Those responses also will be posted to the City’s website.
Stakeholder(s):
  • Cleveland Division of Police

Community Police Commission

Community Police Commission (page 6, paragraph 20)
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland
  • Community Police Commission

Community & Problem-Oriented Policing

Community & Problem-Oriented Policing (page 9, paragraph 34)
At least annually CPD will prepare a publically available report detailing the community policing efforts in each District. This report will describe the problems and solutions identified in the analysis above. The report also will identify obstacles encountered in community and problem-oriented policing and recommendations for future improvement. In developing this report, CDP will consider, as appropriate, available results from the biennial survey. The community policing report will be provided to the Commission, posted on CDP’s website, and a summary of the report will be provided at each District community meeting following the report’s publication.
Stakeholder(s):
  • Cleveland Division of Police
  • Cleveland Police Monitoring Team

Crisis Intervention

Crisis Intervention/Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (page 35, paragraph 136)
The Advisory Committee’s reports and recommendations will be provided to the Commission, will be publicly available, and will be posted on the City’s website.
Stakeholder(s):
  • Advisory Committee

Accountability

Accountability/Investigation of Civilian Complaints (page 50, paragraph 206)
The City and OPS will make complaint forms and other materials outlining the complaint process and OPS’s contact information widely available at locations including: the websites of CDP, OPS and the City of Cleveland; the lobby of OPS’s building; CDP headquarters and Districts; and City Hall. OPS will ask locations such as public library branches and the offices and gathering places of community groups to make these materials available.
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland
  • Cleveland Division of Police
  • Office of Professional Standards

Transparency & Oversight

Transparency & Oversight/Data Collection & Analysis (page 62, paragraph 267)
To ensure transparency in the implementation of this Agreement, all CDP audits, reports, and outcome analyses related to the implementation of this Agreement will be made publicly available, including at the City and CDP websites, to the extent permitted by law. The Commission will work to make paper copies of these documents available to the community. The Commission also may recommend that CDP make additional documents, data, and reports publicly available.
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland
  • Cleveland Division of Police
  • Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
Transparency & Oversight/Data Collection & Analysis (page 62, paragraph 268)
To ensure transparency in its ongoing work, to the extent permitted by law, CDP will post its policies and procedures, training plans, community policing initiatives, and community meeting schedules, budgets, and internal audit reports on its website.
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland
  • Cleveland Division of Police
  • Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
Document(s):

Use of Force

Use of Force (page 62, paragraph 268)
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland

Recruiting

Recruiting (page 62, paragraph 268)
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland

Monitor & CDP Biannual Report

Monitor & CDP Biannual Report (page 62, paragraph 268)
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland

Office of Professional Standards (OPS)

Office of Professional Standards (OPS) (page 62, paragraph 268)
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland
Document(s):

Reports & Audits

Reports & Audits (page 62, paragraph 268)
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland

Inspector General

Inspector General (page 62, paragraph 268)
Coming soon
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland

Policies

Policies (page 80, paragraph 346)
CDP will post approved policies and procedures on the City’s website to ensure public accessibility. There will be reasonable exceptions for policies, procedures, and administrative orders that are law enforcement sensitive, such as procedures regarding undercover officers or operations.
Stakeholder(s):
  • Cleveland Division of Police

Implementation, Assessment, Outcomes, & Enforcement

Implementation, Assessment, Outcomes, & Enforcement/Biennial Community Survey (page 84, paragraph 365)
The report of the baseline survey and subsequent biennial surveys will be posted to the City’s website, and publicly distributed.
Stakeholder(s):
  • City of Cleveland
POSTED DATE NAME/DESCRIPTION OF THE ITEM TYPE
11/01/2017 Commissioner Friedman for Use of Force Training
5/13/2016 Mayor Jackson Speaks at CWRU Slideshow
4/1/2016 Consent Decree Implementation Coordinator Sworn In Slideshow
12/9/2015 Cleveland Delivers First Progress Report Slideshow
11/14/2015 Cleveland Officials Speak at 2015 Street Club Leaders Conference Slideshow
10/1/2015 Mayor Jackson Announces Selection of Independent Monitor Slideshow
9/23/2015 Cleveland Announces Implementation of New Crisis Intervention Program Slideshow
5/26/2015 Consent Decree Press Conference Video
6/10/2015 Mayor Jackson Discusses Five Year Plan for Consent Decree Settlement Slideshow
6/10/2015 Mayor Frank G. Jackson The Road to Reform Press Conference Video
2/27/2015 Mayor Frank G. Jackson Addresses Declining Use of Force in Cleveland Police Video
2/27/2015 Declining Use of Force Slides Only Slides
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Accountability Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Full and Complete Confidence in Previous Chief McGrath and Director Flask Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Can Old Leaders Direct New Change? Confidence and Trust from the Community Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Poor CPD Record Keeping - Improvement in Categories Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Balancing Support of the Police with Response to the Community Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Are Changes in the Use of Force Policy Needed? Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Do you Agree or Disagree with the DOJ Findings? Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Extreme Factors Regarding Disparity Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Do the Police Sometimes Exacerbate the Situation? Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Is the DOJ Report More About Leadership or Officers on the Street? Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Is the Relationship Between the Police and Citizens Better Than in the 1960s? Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Overall Level of Trust Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Do You Support an Independent Outside Investigation of Police Shootings? Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: How Much Responsibility Do You Bear? Video
12/19/2014 Safety in the City, DOJ Findings: Part 15 - Administration Walks Out in Council Video
12/11/2014 Mayor Frank G. Jackson's Press Conference Regarding the Department of Justice Video
POSTED DATE NAME/DESCRIPTION OF DOCUMENT
10/4/2016 City of Cleveland Seeks Public Feedback on New General Police Order 
4/01/2016 Mayor Jackson Swears-In Consent Decree Implementation Coordinator 
3/31/2016 Media Advisory: Mayor Jackson to Swear-In Consent Decree Implementation Coordinator 
12/9/2015 City Files Consent Decree Progress Report 
7/16/2015  Selection Panel to Present Application for Community Police Commission
7/8/2015 Selection Panel Announces Cleveland Community Police Commission Members
7/7/2015 Community Police Commission Panel Appointments Announced 
7/7/2015 Selection Panel for Community Police Commission Formed
7/7/2015 Media Advisory: Mayor Jackson and U.S. Attorney Dettlebach Announce the Selection Panel for Community Police Commission 
6/12/2015 A Statement from Mayor Frank G. Jackson Regarding Judge Oliver’s Approval of Settlement Agreement
6/10/2015  City of Cleveland Begins Road to Reform
6/10/2015  News Advisory: Mayor Jackson and Chief Williams to Discuss City of Cleveland’s Road to Reform 
05/26/2015 City of Cleveland and Department of Justice Announce Settlement Agreement
05/26/2015 City of Cleveland Reaches Comprehensive and Transformative Settlement Agreement on Police Reform with Department of Justice
05/26/2015 City of Cleveland Reaches Comprehensive and Transformative Settlement Agreement on Police Reform with Department of Justice
12/11/2014  Department of Justice Findings Regarding Cleveland Police ( Press Conference Transcripts) 
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