Search & Seizure Updated GPO Feedback

February 21, 2019

The CPC’s response to the City’s January Drafts of the (5) General Police Orders related to Search and Seizure

At the core of the (5) proposed Search and Seizure Polices are Constitutional issues that should not be taken lightly. The 4th Amendment is the backbone of the Consent Decree and violations have resulted in numerous complaint actions, costly litigation and harmful findings against the City.

The CPC’s Search and Seizure Work Group is unique in quality of knowledge and years of legal experience with 4th Amendment issues. The group may constitute one of the greatest resources ever assembled to examine local police policy. The recommendations made were done thoughtfully, with consideration of current case law from all sides, and reviewed for practicality of application in the field. We stand firm on the 22 recommendations from each of the 5 policies.

We reiterate that there are some issues such as gender equality, para-military terminology and recognition of the issues related to juveniles that are universal and should be examined by the Division in a much larger scope, across all policy.

We appreciate the City’s efforts to include the communities concerns and the advice of this work group into the most recent drafts. We look forward to our February 25th meeting with the City’s policy team, DOJ representatives and members of the monitoring team to continue the conversation to ensure these policies are in harmony with the purpose of the Consent Decree.

Read the Full Recommendation: Response to CDP’s Search & Seizure GPOs

Bias-Free Policing; General Order Feedback

October 13, 2017

The CPC’s Bias Free Work Group has done extensive work gathering feedback from the community as well as examining bias free policing policy best practices from around the country. We were particularly interested in gaining an understanding of the views of people in Cleveland who have traditionally not had a voice and who may have substantial concerns with police practices, including but not limited to; communities of color, people who are homeless and housing insecure, and members of the LGBTQ and Muslim communities.

The CPC filed its initial report in Spring of 2016. Our most current recommendations build on the previous work. It is the CPC’s hope that the Cleveland Division of Police will incorporate the recommendations offered by the community, stakeholders and the CPC into its final policy.

Read the Document: Bias Free Policing GPO Feedback (pdf)

Community Engagement Assessment Plan

September, 2017

This Community Engagement Assessment Plan (CEA Plan), which is required in compliance with ¶17c of the Consent Decree, reflects research garnered from the Seattle Community Police Commission Assessment Plan, relevant literature searches for best practices, suggestions from the Cleveland CPC staff, the Community Engagement Committee and Commissioners. With the hiring of a Policy Analyst and a second Community Engagement Coordinator, the Cleveland CPC anticipates additional edits and fine tuning of the plan as the CPC becomes more adept at processing qualitative data.

The CEA Plan supports an evidence-based tracking of improvements in the pattern and practice of excessive use of force and unconstitutional policing and community-police relations that lead to building trust. Tool design, data collection and analysis will be used to track change and develop effective strategic measurements overtime.

Read Document: Community Engagement Assessment Plan (pdf)

Community & Problem-Oriented Policing (CPOP) Summary of Community Feedback & Recommendations

Published: July 2017

The Consent Decree (“the Decree”) requires the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) to “develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated community and problem-oriented policing model” to “promote and strengthen partnerships with the community . . . and increase community confidence in the CDP.”

The Decree also requires that the Monitoring Team work with the CDP and the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC) to engage the community as the CDP develops its community and problem-oriented policing (CPOP) Plan. In the first half of 2017, the Monitoring Team, the City of Cleveland, the CDP, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the CPC (collectively the “Stakeholders”) embarked on a collaborative engagement process (“community engagement process”) to solicit meaningful community feedback to guide the Division as it develops its CPOP Plan. This report summarizes this engagement process and the feedback received through it.


Read the Full Report: Community & Problem Oriented Policing, Summary of Community Feedback & Recommendations

CPC Statement on Body Worn Cameras for Officers

May 9, 2017

The Cleveland Community Police Commission stands firmly in support of requiring the use of body-cameras whether officers are engaged in primary or secondary employment. The Commission strongly recommends if police are acting under the color of law, they should be held to the same standards of accountability as if they were on-duty.

Read the Full Statement (pdf)

Cleveland Division of Police Discipline GPO and Matrix Feedback

May 1, 2017

The Cleveland Community Police Commission, as per the Consent Decree, is providing recommendations for the disciplinary guidelines GPO 1.1.11.

Our recommendations, highlighting parameters that are insufficiently addressed or not addressed at all, were informed by research of best practices and example disciplinary policies from police departments around the nation. Input also was sought and received from the community in two ways. Various groups and organizations such as SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) provided written assessments, and community members from across the City of Cleveland have volunteered their feedback during break-out discussions and public comment periods at Commission meetings.

Read Document: Disciplinary GPO/Matrix Policy Feedback (pdf)

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CDP Equipment & Resources Plan Feedback

December 12, 2016

On November 30, the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC) received the draft Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) Equipment and Resource Plan. The CPC solicited feedback primarily in three ways: (1) by holding breakout sessions at its November 30th CPC Full Commission meeting; (2) through a targeted email query to community organizations; and (3) from Commissioners.

The community feedback in this document reflects all three sources, with the majority of the information stemming from community input during breakout sessions at its Full Commission meetings. The discussion was guided by the set of questions listed in the document.


Read the Document: CDP Equipment and Resource Plan Feedback (pdf)