Updates & Reports

May 18, 2018

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Roger Smith confirmed Thursday that he was selected by the city to helm the office that investigates citizen complaints against police officers. He said he will start June 4.  He worked as executive agency counsel for the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board for nine years and left there in May 2016. He said he recently served as a hearing officer for the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings for New York City.

Smith, 49, fills a position vacated when former OPS head Damon Scott left the office in October. Scott's departure came after a series of problems with the office's investigations, the most severe being a backlog of unfinished cases that stretches back several years.

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April 13, 2018

Under administrative direction, is responsible for planning and administering a specific project or program for a City department. Serves as the administrative supervisor on projects or programs. Plans, assigns, supervises, and reviews activities of subordinate personnel. Monitors the project or program's operating budget and assists in the annual preparation of same. Designs, implements, and monitors procedures utilized in program evaluation.


Develops and secures commitments from other City departments and agencies to provide services to program participants. Provides technical assistance or reviews program policies and procedures. Maintains current information and oversees the preparation of project status reports. Prepares financial and narrative reports and program applications. Communicates project/program status and information to municipal officials and/or public and private entities. May supervise employees assigned to the respective project. Performs other related duties as required.

April 23, 2018

The City of Cleveland is looking for a qualified applicant to fill a vacant seat on the Civilian Police Review Board. The selected applicant would complete the balance of an unexpired term that ends on August 8, 2018, and would then be appointed to complete a full four-year-term. The complete four-year term would run through August 8, 2022.

The Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) has the power to receive, cause investigation of, and recommend resolution of non-criminal complaints filed with it alleging misconduct by officers and non-sworn employees of the Cleveland Division of Police when such alleged misconduct is directed toward any person who is not a CDP employee. 


Investigations of alleged police misconduct are conducted by the independent Office of Professional Standards. The CPRB receives and reviews the investigations completed by the Office of Professional Standards (OPS). Following the OPS investigation the CPRB holds a public hearing and recommends an administrative resolution for each of the complaints. 

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Office of Professional Standards

The Office of Professional Standards (OPS) is an independent City of Cleveland agency established for the purpose of investigating non-criminal complaints filed by members of the public against sworn and nonsworn Division of Police employees. It is not a part of the Cleveland Division of Police.  ​


OPS is empowered to receive, investigate, make findings and recommend action to the Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) regarding complaints against Division of Police employees. OPS investigations are conducted in a fair, objective, impartial, timely, and comprehensive manner by the OPS investigative staff, which is composed entirely of civilian employees.

Citizen Complaint Form

This form was created by the Office of Professional Standards.


Fill in the blank fields on a computer or print out and complete by hand. Original complaint must be signed and sent to the Office of Professional Standards at the address above by US mail or delivered in person.  Email your complete and signed document to:

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Citizen Complaint Form Locations

Citizen Complaint Forms are available at the following locations:

In-Person at the Office of Professional Standards, 205 W. St. Clair Ave., Rm 301, Cleveland, OH 4411


All five Cleveland Division of Police District Stations


The Mayor’s Action Center, Cleveland City Hall, Room 228

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