Use of Force 

Please click here for the current Cleveland Division of Police Use of Force Training Handbook.  This is the current Use of Force handbook for the Cleveland Division of Police as of June 5, 2017.

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1. When are officers allowed to use force?

2. When are officers prohibited from using force?

3. When are officers allowed to use deadly force?

4. When must officers attempt to de-escalate?

5. What must an officer do after using force?

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Have questions about the Use of Force policy recommendations? 


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Use of Force | General Police Orders Cummulative

As of October 2016, there are five (5) related Cleveland Division of Police "General Police Orders" for Use of Force.

Use of Force: General GPO

Use of Force: Definitions

Use of Force: De-Escalation

Use of Force: Intermediate Weapons

Use of Force Reporting

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October 24, 2016

The Cleveland Community Police Commission and The Cleveland Police Monitoring Team has recommended that the Court approve the Cleveland Division of Police final revisions of its Use of Force policies.


Please review these policies wholistically here.  If you have any general comments, suggestions or feedback - please contact us at


October 24, 2016

In 2015, the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) entered into a settlement, also known as the Consent Decree, with the Department of Justice, and agreed to make several changes to department policies and procedures, including its policy on the use of force by police officers.


This fact sheet highlights some of the key changes to the CPD's proposed, new use of force policy, including the rules for: when officers are or are not permitted to use force; the new policy on de-escalation; and the new requirements for reporting use of force incidents.