What police policies do we need your feedback about?

General Police Orders (GPOs) are a collection of written policies that guide every aspect of a police department’s daily operations and actions. These policies impact everyone. Policies direct how duties are carried out and how officers interact with the community.

Community feedback about ways to improve the content of these policies will help ensure policing in Cleveland is safe, effective, and that people’s civil rights are upheld – meaning everyone in the community is treated fairly and impartially. Join a CPC work group to take an active role in the police policy reform process.

The issues the CPC was tasked to provide community input on are policies related to: AccountabilityCommunity and Problem-Oriented Policing (CPOP)Bias-Free PolicingSearch & Seizure, and Use of Force.

Cleveland’s General Police Orders (GPOs)

The Cleveland Division of Police’s GPOs serve as a reference manual to provide guidance on specific topics or situations. According to the City’s website, “The Cleveland Division of Police, with the assistance of the Bureau of Compliance, creates policies and procedures that provide vision, purpose, and direction for the Division and guide the actions of all its members.”

For the most recent police policies and procedures, visit the the City’s website: www.clevelandohio.gov/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/PublicSafety/Police/PolicyProcedures

How to Get Involved

The CPC needs your help to shape policing policies that create a safer community and a police department that is more connected to the community and its values and expectations. View our work to view the policy recommendations the CPC has made to date. 

  • 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.