Community Review of Proposed New CPD Mission Statement Underway

As a part of the implementation of the current Consent Decree between the City of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice, the City of Cleveland Division of Police (“CPD”) is revising its Mission Statement – and the reform process is asking for input from Cleveland resident.  

The goal of a mission statement is to define the core values and goals of an organization.  The Consent Decree requires that CPD ensure that its mission statement reflects its commitment to community oriented policing and adequately reflect and promote the values of the Cleveland community.  After receiving input from the Community Police Commission (“CPC”) and its officers, the Division of Police is currently proposing that the following be adopted as its new mission statement:

“The mission of the Cleveland Division of Police is to serve as guardians of the Cleveland community by enforcing the law, maintaining order, and protecting the lives, property, and rights of all people, as guided by the Constitution.  We shall carry out our duties with a reverence for human life in partnership with members of the community through professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence in policing.”

You can read more about mission statements, and review examples of other police department mission statements, here.

Provide your input directly to the reform process and Monitoring Team here.