The Division of Police and Consent Decree process need your feedback on proposed new policies on bias-free policing. 

The Consent Decree requires that the Division of Police establish a bias-free policing policy that incorporates, as appropriate, previous recommendations developed by the Commission, and that provides clear guidance to officers that biased policing, including deciding to detain a motorist or pedestrian based solely on racial stereotypes, is prohibited.  As work in other areas continues, CPD will integrate bias-free policing principles into its management, policies and procedures, job descriptions, recruitment, training, personnel evaluations, resource deployment, tactics, and accountability systems. 

CPD, the City of Cleveland, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Community Police Commission, and the Monitoring Team now seek community input and feedback on the Division's proposed Bias-Free Policing Policy.

This policy is in draft form.  It has not yet been approved by the Court, the Monitoring Team, or the Department of Justice and has not yet been finalized by the Division of Police or the City.  Instead, it is a complete draft of the policy about which the Division of Police needs feedback.  The Court, Monitoring Team, Department of Justice, and City will more formally weigh in after CPD has considered community feedback and made further refinements on the policy.

Get Involved

provide feedback

You can provide your comments on the proposed new Bias-Free Policing Policy by sending your comments and views using the following form.  Submissions will go directly to the Monitoring Team.

A few things to keep in mind: If you are experiencing an emergency, need to report a crime, or need law enforcement assistance, you should call 9-1-1 or contact the CPD directly.

The Monitor does not, and cannot, investigate individual incidents or events.  If the comments that you share suggest the possibility of officer misconduct, the Monitoring Team has an obligation to forward them to the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) for review and potential investigation.

The Monitoring Team cannot specifically respond to all comments or views received.  This does not mean, however, that the Monitoring Team is not closely reviewing all community input received here – it will be.

Although we do not require your name, phone number, zip code, or email address, providing them will better enable us to have confidence that you are a Cleveland resident, member of the Cleveland Division of Police, or otherwise connected to the Cleveland community – and to credit your views accordingly.


attend a community police commission town hall forum

You may also attend two staff-facilitated town halls regarding the draft bias-free policing policy that are being conducted by the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC):

Tuesday, September 19th at 6:00pm, Third District Station (4501 Chester Avenue)

Thursday, September 21st at 6:00pm, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (1355 W. 70th Street - in the gymnasium behind the Church.)

Email the Monitoring Team

You can provide your comments, feedback, and input on the proposed new policies by contacting the Monitoring Team at