Pursuant to Paragraphs 154 through 156 of the Consent Decree, a host of the Decree’s other substantive requirements, and the Updated First-Year Monitoring Plan, the City of Cleveland (the “City”) has submitted a revised Crisis Intervention Policy and Procedure (the “CIT Policy”) to the Monitor. The term crisis intervention refers to those law enforcement interactions involving individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis, such as mental health, substance abuse, or other long-term behavioral health challenges.
As required by the Consent Decree in Paragraphs 132 through 134, the City established a Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (“Advisory Committee”) to address and coordinate crisis intervention issues with the Division. The City in turn partnered with the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Service Board of Cuyahoga County (“ADAMHS Board”) to develop the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee consists of members of the community, including mental health professionals, advocates, individuals recovering from mental illness and addiction disorders, Cleveland’s Municipal Court, the State of Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (“CJCCOE”), and representatives from the City and CPD. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Monitoring Team were invited to participate in the Advisory Committee as well. The Advisory Committee has met regularly and has worked hard to “foster relationships and build support between the police, the community and mental health providers."
The Monitoring Team has closely reviewed the proposed crisis intervention policy. The CIT Policy submitted to the Monitor makes it clear that a “crisis intervention response may be necessary even in situations where there has been an apparent law violation.” Consent Decree ¶ 154. It provides that specialized CIT officers will “have appropriate discretion to direct individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues to the health care system.” Consent Decree ¶ 155. Additionally, the policy makes it clear that specialized CIT officers, when available, must be dispatched to all calls or incidents that appear to involve an individual in crisis. Consent Decree ¶ 156. Because the City has submitted a CIT Policy that has met the requirements and objectives of the Consent Decree, the Monitoring Team recommends approval of the policy subject to the conditions regarding the completion of certain attachments discussed below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.