The Consent Decree

Following an investigation in 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found that the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) engaged in practices that violated the U.S. Constitution and federal law. The DOJ determined that there was a pattern of excessive force and that operational and structural issues within the CDP contribute to this practice. 

The City of Cleveland and DOJ entered into a Consent Decree, or Settlement Agreement, which requires the Cleveland Division of Police to make a number of fundamental changes to its policies, practices and procedures to address these issues. A federal judge oversees and enforces the Consent Decree to ensure that the City of Cleveland and CDP complies with the changes outlined in the document.

"The United States of America and the City of Cleveland are committed to ensuring that police services in Cleveland are delivered in a manner that is constitutional, effective, and consistent with community values, while preserving officer and public safety.

To further these goals, the Cleveland Division of Police (“CDP”) and the Cleveland community must have a strong relationship that is built on mutual trust and respect. The provisions of this Agreement are designed to bolster this relationship and ensure that it endures."


US v. Cleveland – Consent Decree
May 26, 2015

Role of the CPC & the Cleveland Community

Ongoing community input into the way police services are delivered is crucial to strengthening police-community relationships that is necessary to promote public safety. The Community Police Commission (CPC) was established as part of the Consent Decree to work with the many communities that make up Cleveland to develop recommendations for police practices that reflect the values and priorities of Cleveland residents. Learn more about the CPC Commissioners and their work

We encourage the community to get involved in the reform process by joining a CPC work group, attending community events and quarterly commissioner meetings. View the CPC Event Calendar to view upcoming events. 

The Consent Decree: Word Webs

The purpose of these charts is to provide a break down of the main sections of the Consent Decree. 

This is not to be used as a comprehensive document - this is to be used as an introduction or "refresher."

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