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.
Marquesa D. Stephens studied and graduated from Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University. Her studies have allowed her to gain priceless knowledge of law enforcement and courts policies and procedures, as well as an in-depth understanding of social dynamics and topics important to society today. She has worked for critical agencies throughout the county of Cuyahoga such as Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State University, and the Cleveland Heights – University Heights City School District. She currently holds a position as Safety and Protections Service Officer with the Cleveland Public Library. She is a single Black mother of two children. Stephens looks forward to learning and offering what she can to make and keep Cleveland safe for the future.
Pastor Edwin Moore is a native Clevelander and he established the “Way of Escape Ministries” on the city’s West side. Pastor Moore has long been committed to service in the community personally and professionally. He has over 25 years of work experience with agencies such as Applewood Centers, Catholic Charities and Beechbrook. After successfully completing studies in criminal justice/security management, he is currently overseeing security services at Signature Health Inc., a non-profit FQHC providing mental health, addiction recovery and primary care services to patients across Northeast Ohio.
Luis Reyes has been a Clevelander since he moved here as a 3-month old from Puerto Rico in 1982. Mr. Reyes is the Finance Manager for Ganley Hyundai of Parma, where he works with people from all walks of life on a daily basis and strives to makes sure all are treated equally. Mr. Reyes is the father of two girls and husband to an amazing wife. He describes himself as a friend to many. Mr. Reyes joins the Commission feeling that it is his duty to help better this city.
Take our Survey!
Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 30th, 2021
Let us know about your thoughts and experiences with policing in Cleveland in our 2021 community survey. Your feedback will help us understand how CDP training on new policies & procedures has been noticed by the community.
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!
- Complete our 2021 Community Survey to let us know your experiences with policing in Cleveland. Your feedback will help us understand how CDP training on new policies and procedures has been noticed by the community. Please complete the survey by Thursday, Sept 30th, 2021. The survey is open to all people that live, work, or visit the city of Cleveland. Click here to complete the survey: bit.ly/cpc-survey-2021
- 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