On Thursday, December 17, the Monitor and members of the Monitoring Team appeared before the Community Police Commission. The Team introduced to the commissioners and the public a draft of the Monitoring Plan that it is required to file with the federal court by February 1, 2016. The Plan covers the first year of monitoring, from February 1, 2016 through January 30, 2017.
The Consent Decree contains a number of major requirements and significant objectives. Nothing in the proposed Monitoring Plan adds to or takes away from those. Instead, the Plan is intended to provide a clear, unified structure and framework for the day-to-day and week-to-week efforts toward achieving substantial and effective compliance with the Decree. It proposes a process, series of milestones, individual steps, and clear deliverables for achieving the Decree's requirements and objectives. In doing so, the Plan seeks to provide clarity for all stakeholders from across the Cleveland community about what work is occurring, what issues are front and center at any given juncture, and what is expected during the upcoming year as we all work together to promote officer safety, public safety, and effective and constitutional policing in a manner that is consistent with the values of Cleveland’s diverse communities.
This draft Plan is just that: a preliminary, provisional plan for progress under the Consent Decree. Between now and February 1, the Monitor is starting the process of doing police reform collaboratively, in the open, and with the goal of hearing as widely and substantively as possible from all stakeholders. The Team invites the community to review the Plan closely and provide us with your feedback about its areas of focus, timelines for progress, and mechanisms for ensuring that all stakeholders have a seat at the table and a voice in reform of the Cleveland Division of Police.
Both general comments, related to values and goals, and specific comments, related to particular edits or requirements, are welcome and useful.
Provide your feedback and get the Plan here.