Background

The City of Cleveland, Cleveland Division of Police, Cleveland Community Police Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Court-appointed federal monitoring team are all asking for community input on CDP's Community and Problem-Oriented Policing Plan. 

The Consent Decree requires the Cleveland Division of Police to “develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated community and problem-oriented policing model” to “promote and strengthen partnerships with the community … and increase community confidence in the CDP.” (Consent Decree ¶ 27). The decree also requires that the Monitoring Team, the Community Police Commission (CPC), and the CDP engage the community in identifying the strategies and approaches to community policing that will best address the needs of Cleveland residents and facilitate close partnership between the community and the CDP.

Substantive community input is the first step in the development of the community and problem-oriented policing plan and the Division’s plan must be a direct response to what the community wants. To that end, the parties are working together to solicit and receive input on what Cleveland residents would like to see in the Division’s Plan.

The Division does not have a draft Community and Problem-Oriented Policing Plan yet. This stage is an effort to learn what residents want. After the receiving this feedback, the Division will then draft a Community and Problem-Oriented Policing Plan. Once the draft is complete, the CDP will  present the Community and Problem-Oriented Policing Plan to the Cleveland community.

Overview Materials

Video Overview of the Cleveland Consent Decree and Its Required Community and Problem-Oriented Policing Plan

Video Overview

Watch a video presentation providing a summary on the Consent Decree process and how community and problem-oriented policing fits in.  This video was produced in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College.

OVERVIEW OF KEY COMMUNITY & Problem-oriented policing concepts

Download a discussion guide providing an overview of the key components of community and problem-oriented policing.  The guide identifies core concepts – such as collaborative problem-solving, community partnerships, and community engagement – as well as information on related areas, including the Division's staffing and deployment, recruitment and hiring, and officer and Division-wide evaluation.

There are several ways to make your voice heard on the Community & Problem-Oriented Policing Plan.

Community Feedback & Survey Form

You can participate in the Consent Decree process directly by sending your comments and views using a specialized Feedback and Survey Form.

Click here to leave feedback and take the feedback survey.

Attend a Community Roundtable

The Consent Decree stakeholders – including the City, Cleveland Division of Police, Community Police Commission, and Department of Justice – will be holding two community roundtables. At each roundtable event, the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team will provide an overview on community and problem-oriented policing issues. Participants then will have in-depth, small group discussions about the issues and the eventual Plan, with an opportunity to report their views to representatives of the Consent Decree stakeholders and to the larger community group assembled.

There are two roundtables planned:

Roundtable 1: Tuesday, March 21, 5:30-8:30pm at the Jerry Sue Thornton Center (2500 East 22nd St., Cleveland, OH 44115)

Roundtable 2: Tuesday, March 22, 5:30-8:30pm at Urban Community School (4909 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102)

If you are interested in attending a community roundtable, click on the roundtable above that you would like to attend and follow the registration prompts.  Given the small-group discussion format of the evening, the stakeholders are asking for this advance sign-up.

Stay Connected

Text CLEMONITOR to 22828 (your carrier's standard text message charges will apply) to be added to the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team's email list. You will receive updates and ongoing news from the Monitoring Team about the status of the Community and Problem-Oriented Policing Plan and other Consent Decree work.