City of Cleveland Announces Updates to the Federal Use of Force Training Report

Monday, November 13, 2017

Training procedures align with requirements in the Consent Decree

CLEVELAND —  The City of Cleveland today filed an update in federal court announcing more than 90 percent of  officers in the Cleveland Division of Police have completed its use of deadly force training according to the Consent Decree. The policies, as defined in the decree begin on January 1, 2018. View the filing here.

“These new policies are just one part of the reform process that I have promised to the citizens of Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson “The city is fully committed to implementing the changes set forth in the Consent Decree and today we are one step closer to achieving our goals.”

There are 1435 CDP officers who have been identified as potentially eligible to receive the new use of force training. Of this number, 1283 officers have received and completed the two-day training.  To ensure further completion, CDP has scheduled two additional classes to be held before the end of the year. Each of the two remaining classes has positions for forty-eight (48) officers. The first of the two remaining classes is scheduled to begin on November 13 and will conclude on November 15, 2017.   After completion of the November 13-15 class 1331 of the potentially eligible officers, or ninety-three percent (93%) of the officers, will have completed the required use of force training.  The second of the two final 2017 classes is set to go forward on December 11, 2017.

Officer surveys following the use of force training document that the new training has been well received and found to be valuable by most officers who have received the training. It is anticipated following the conclusion of the scheduled December 11-13 classes (after factoring for officers who remain on extended medical leave, on extended military leave, on restricted duty status, and for the two retiring officers) that, effectively, all of CDP’s active officers will have received the required training before implementation of the new use of force policies begins on January 1, 2018.

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