Consent Decree

The Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) has been under a Consent Decree since 2015. Following a 21-month long investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) determined that there was reasonable cause to believe that the CDP engaged in excessive use of force. The DOJ concluded that the alleged pattern and practice of excessive force was related to structural and operational issues within the Division, and potentially violated the U.S. Constitution and federal law.

The City of Cleveland and DOJ entered into the Consent Decree to repair community trust and protect the constitutional rights of the people of Cleveland by identifying problems within the CDP and by creating and implementing policies and practices to correct these problems. The Consent Decree identifies multiple problem areas for which the CDP is required to make policy changes, implement new training, or restructure Division practices. These areas include: (1) Community Engagement, (2) Community and Problem-Oriented Policing, (3) Bias-Free Policing, (4) Use of Force, (5) Crisis Intervention, (6) Search & Seizure, (7) Accountability, Transparency, & Oversight, and (8) Officer Assistance, Support, and Supervision.

• Request for Information - Police Consent Decree Monitor

The City of Cleveland and the United States Department of Justice are accepting applications for a new Monitor for their court-enforceable settlement agreement addressing issues of constitutional policing. We believe you may be interested or know of persons or organizations interested in applying for this role. Attached is a Request for Information outlining the Monitor’s duties, responsibilities and qualifications, the scope of work, and details of the application process. Please note that applications are due by January 17, 2023. We encourage you to review the RFI and to share it with anyone else you believe may be interested.

• Amended Consent Decree

• Consent Decree Status Conference 9-22-22

• Monitor Reports

• Response To Monitor Reports

• CPD Documents