On July 13, 2018, the Monitoring Team approved the Cleveland Division of Police’s (“CDP”) curricula for its 2018 In-Service Training for all CDP officers. The curricula address critical subjects required by the Consent Decree, including crisis intervention, community engagement and problem-solving, and bias-free policing.
The 4-hour Crisis Intervention Training provides not only an important refresher on principles of the First-Year Crisis Intervention Training provided in 2017, but also specific guidance for officers to understand ways to resolve mental health crises, including by not arresting the subject and instead referring to an appropriate mental health agency; transporting the subject voluntarily to a hospital or crisis center; transporting the subject involuntarily to a hospital or crisis center; and arresting the individual when appropriate. The curriculum also addresses how trauma can impact law enforcement officers, the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder on officers, and how to access resources for help within the Division and in the Cleveland community.
Additionally, the 8-hour Community Engagement and Problem-Solving Training provides sufficient guidance for officers to understand principles of community policing, communicate and engage with Cleveland residents, seek partnerships with community members and organizations, and develop collaborative solutions to public safety problems. This training provides all officers with foundational skills that will be critical as the Division finalizes its Community and Problem-Oriented Policing Plan, which is currently receiving community input.
Finally, the 12-hour Bias-Free Policing Training provides sufficient guidance for CDP officers to understand forms of biased policing, the ways in which biased policing obstructs the goals of law enforcement, and how to minimize the occurrence of biased policing by identifying and managing moments where their decision-making may be susceptible to implicit bias. The bias-free policing training was developed with assistance from the Center for Policing Equity, a research center that has created and conducted evidence-based procedural justice trainings across the country.
Read more about the Team’s approval of the crisis intervention curriculum, as well as the community engagement and problem-solving and bias-free policing curricula.