© Cole Goldberg, content modified and licensed under Creative Commons

© Cole Goldberg, content modified and licensed under Creative Commons

The Policing Project has been retained by the Cleveland Federal Monitoring Team to assist with implementing the consent decree between the City of Cleveland and United States Department of Justice.  Our job is to consult on the Monitoring Team’s community engagement efforts.

In May of 2015, the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) and the U.S. Department of Justice entered into a five-year settlement agreement to address a series of systemic deficiencies within the CDP on matters of policy, accountability, training, transparency, and community engagement, which had resulted in a pattern of excessive force against Cleveland residents.

The decree requires that the CPD and court-appointed monitor engage the community in the process of defining and achieving reform.

The Policing Project will work with the monitoring team to implement a process for ensuring that all who are affected by policing policies and practices have a voice in the reform process. We have designed a comprehensive community engagement strategy that includes a variety of mechanisms for seeking public feedback, including online surveys, community forums, and topic-focused study groups.

We are assisting the monitoring team in getting community input on a range of policies, including:

  • Body-Worn Cameras
  • Bias-Free Policing
  • Community Policing
  • Use of Force
  • Training
  • Oversight and Accountability