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BREAKING: Key details from Cleveland PD's Consent Decree agreement with DOJ

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Demonstrators are arrested during a march against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland.  Brelo was acquitted Saturday in a case involving a 137-shot barrage of gunfire that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Demonstrators are arrested during a march against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland. Brelo was acquitted Saturday in a case involving a 137-shot barrage of gunfire that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Among the many changes agreed upon by the city and DOJ are:

1.  Changes in hiring procedures to include diversity, crisis intervention training, body cameras have been fully deployed in the 4th district and all will have body cams by the end of this year. This will make CPD the largest police force with body cams.

2.  Revamps of Office of professional standards and calls for the appointment of a new Inspector General of Police and a civilian in charge of internal affairs.

3.  Per Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson, “We will have community policing in our DNA.  Accomplished in use of force, bias-free policing, and de-escalation training.  There will be transparency in the civilian review board, reforms to police investigation of use of force, upgrades in technology and again, crisis intervention.

4.  There will be a citywide commission and enhanced neighborhood committees to provide meaningful input on policing issues.

5.  On equipment and support, resources: CPD will complete and submit a full equipment and staffing plan to ensure that officers are properly resourced.

6.  Officers will get trained on cultural competency and implicit biases. The city is committing to collect and analyze data on all stops, searches and seizures aimed at eliminating all unconstitutional practices.

7.  A Crisis Intervention Coordinator will be named. Crisis Intervention certified officers will be available 24/7 to respond to all calls related to a person in crisis.

8.  The consent decree will only terminate after the city demonstrates to a judge that they’ve met the goals in a sustainable way.

9.  CPD will implement a program that provides them access to mental health resources to deal with their stress on the job.

 

 

 

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