March 31, 2016
The Use of Force Policy refers to the Cleveland Division of Police’s policy governing when officers are and are not authorized to apply force to subjects in the field. It addresses issues related to the application of force, not the reporting, investigation, review, or administrative adjudication of force. Forms for reporting force, what information or data is collected, and how such force is investigated and reviewed are addressed by major topic area in the report.
The CPC collected concerns, experiences, values, and issues related to the use of force policy, reporting and training from across Cleveland’s diverse communities into a single, written document that fairly and accurately summarizes community input received.