The Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC) was established in 2015 as part of the terms of the Consent Decree between the City of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Following an investigation, the DOJ determined there was a pattern of excessive force used by the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP). These findings were documented in the DOJ’s findings letter. The Consent Decree outlined the work that needed to be done so CDP policies, practices and procedures comply with Constitutional law.
A federal judge and appointed police monitor oversees the Consent Decree and ensures that the Cleveland Division of Police implements the specific reforms outlined in the Decree. Consent Decree status updates and case filings are listed in chronological order on our website.
The purpose of the Commission is to bring community input in the process of police reform. We work with the community to ensure that a variety of community perspectives about policing are heard and reflected in the CPC’s reports and policy recommendations. Ongoing community input is crucial to ensure policing in Cleveland is constitutional, effective, and consistent with community values.
The Commission consists of 10 civilians who go through a selection process and are appointed for a four year term. Three officer organizations are also represented on the board which include members of The Black Shield, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association (CPPA).
Commission members represent the diversity of Cleveland and include individuals from faith-based organizations, civil rights advocates, business/philanthropic communities, communities of color, advocacy organizations, academia, youth and student organizations, and individuals familiar with the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness and with mental illness issues.
Mr. Ngemba is employed by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a Bilingual Instructional Aid. Mr. Ngemba is originally from the Republic of the Congo and has lived in Cleveland for eight (8) years. Among a variety of civic and community groups, Mr. Ngemba presently serves as the President of the Congolese Youths of Greater Cleveland. He is the founder of and works with the local Cleveland based groups “Advocates for Peace and Change” and the co-founder of “Ambassadors for African Youth”. Much of his work and focus is on empowering local youth.
Ms. Hadley is employed as the Business Community Liaison for the Cleveland Job Corps. She sits on a variety of boards and collaboratives, to include the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the National Congress of Black Women, the Rotary Club of Greater Cleveland, and the Collinwood Neighborhood Community Development Corporation. Ms. Hadley has worked closely with the Fifth Police District and has over 20 years of experience as an advocate working with young adults who have dropped out of school.
Ms. Marion is a Cleveland resident and is employed as a Senior Social Worker and Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where she works with the Comprehensive Homeless Center. She has worked with individuals having substance abuse disorders and/or mental illness. Ms. Marion has served on both the local and national board of the National Association of Social Workers and serves on the Advisory Board of Ursuline College.
How to Get Involved
Ongoing community engagement is key to ensure policing in Cleveland is constitutional, effective, and consistent with community values. Cleveland needs your voices!
- Join a CPC work group to discuss issues outlined in the Consent Decree and develop recommendations for police policy improvements.
- Participate in CPC and community events to share your thoughts about policing and related issues in your community.
- Attend District Policing Committee (DPC) Meetings to engage with local CDP officers to identify problems, voice opinions on policing and crime, and network with neighbors and local community organizers.
Contact the CPC