The Monitoring Team is committed to ensuring that reform under the Consent Decree is conducted in the open, giving community members,  CPD officers, and stakeholders from across Cleveland a voice and a seat at the table.

Police reform under the Consent Decree is geared toward ensuring that law enforcement in Cleveland is consistent with the values of Cleveland and recognizes the countless, diverse communities that make up the broader fabric of Cleveland.  The Monitoring Team, Community Police Commission, and Division of Police will all be doing separate outreach into communities from across Cleveland to ensure that all community members have a seat at the table and that all voices are heard.

March 14, 2017

Second-Year Monitoring Plan Submitted to Court

The plan for work under the Consent Decree for the second year of monitoring (February 2017 through January 2018) has been submitted to the Court.  Read a summary memorandum outlining the highlights of the Plan here and review the Plan here.

March 7, 2017

Community Roundtables on Community & Problem-Oriented Policing Announced

March 6, 2017

Judge Approves Crisis Intervention Policies, OPS & PRB Manuals

Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. today approved policies relating to police interactions with individuals experiencing behavioral health crises.  He also approved first-ever procedural rules and expectations for the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) and Police Review Board (PRB). Read about the judge's approval here.

January 19, 2017

Monitoring Team Approves Crisis Intervention Policies

The Monitoring Team has approved new policies for the Division of Police with respect to interacting with individuals experiencing behavioral health crises, including those encountering mental health, substance abuse, or other long-term behavioral health challenges.  Review the new policies here.

January 10, 2017

Monitoring Team Releases Second Semiannual Report

The Monitoring Team has released its second comprehensive report on the progress of the City and Division of Police under the Consent Decree.  You can read the report here.

December 19, 2016

Motions Regarding CPD Equipment & Resource Plan and Body-Worn Camera Policy Submitted to the Court

The Monitoring Team has filed motions relating to (1) CPD's required Equipment & Resource Plan, and (2) the proposed policy on the use of body-worn cameras. Although the Equipment & Resource Plan does represent some commendable work and engagement on a number of important issues and sub-issues relating to the technology and infrastructure that CPD’s officers require, the Monitoring Team cannot approve the Plan its current form because it doers not yet specifically, strategically, and comprehensively provide CPD officers with the tools they need to do their jobs.  You can read the Monitoring Team's full filing to the court relating to the Equipment & Resource Plan here.

Meanwhile, the Monitoring Team approves of the Body-Worn Camera Policy, with the exception of three specific policy sections relating to the use of cameras in secondary employment, public access to captured video, and officer access to captured video.  You can read the Monitoring Team's filing to the court here.

November 29, 2016

OPS & PRB Manuals Recommended to Court for Approval

The Monitoring Team has filed operational manuals for the Office of Professional Standards ("OPS"), which investigates civilian complaints, and the Police Review Board ("PRB"), which reviews complaint investigations and makes adjudicatory and disciplinary recommendations, and moved that the Court order them effective.  You can read the Monitoring Team's filing to the court here.

November 28, 2016

Crisis Intervention Policies Available for Community Feedback

CPD and the Mental Health Response Advisory Committee ("MHRAC") is seeking input on new policies for CPD responding to individuals experiencing mental health, substance abuse, and other behavioral health challenges.  Read about, review, and provide your feedback on new Crisis Intervention policies here.

November 16, 2016

Monitoring Team Recommends Court Approval of Revised Use of Force Policies

The Monitoring Team has filed CPD's revised use of force policies with the Court and moved that the Court order them effective.  You can read the final use of force policies as recommended to the Court here.

November 15, 2016

Questions & Answers from Use of Force Community Roundtables

At the community roundtable events held in late September regarding proposed use of force policies, the Consent Decree stakeholders said that they would answer all questions submitted by small groups of community members – and post the answers on the Monitoring Team's website.

You can read the complete Questions & Answers Regarding Use of Force here.

November 1, 2016

Updated First-Year Monitoring Plan

The Monitoring Team filed an Updated First-Year Monitoring Plan that updates timetables for various milestones and benchmarks for the City and Division of Police.  The Updated Plan covers the time period of November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017.