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Office of Professional Standards & Civilian Police Review Board
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.
Filing a Complaint Against a Member of the Police Force
P: 216.664.2944 - In-Person Complaints Accepted Weekdays 8:30am to 4:00pm - Send Email - F: 216.420.8764
Any person wishing to file a complaint against a member of the Cleveland Division of Police must complete the complaint form and accompanying documents. Completed forms can be emailed or faxed, however, the original form with the signature of the person making the complaint must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of Professional Standards & Civilian Police Review Board.
Citizen Complaint Forms are available in the following locations:
- In-Person at the Office of Professional Standards, 205 W. St. Clair Ave., Rm 301, Cleveland, OH 44113
- Cleveland Division of Police Headquarters
- All five Cleveland Division of Police District Stations
- The Mayor’s Action Center, Cleveland City Hall, Room 228
Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB)
The Board reviews the completed investigations of alleged police misconduct, deadly force and matters requested by the Director of Public Safety. Prior to recommending discipline or determining that a complaint warrants no action, the Board may, in its sole discretion, hold a hearing. Once a recommendation has been made, the Civilian Police Review Board shall submit its findings and recommendation to the Chief of Police and shall notify the complainant of its disposition of his/her complaint.
To increase accessibility to the citizens of Cleveland, the Civilian Police Review Board is in the process of changing its meeting schedule, which will include meetings taking place in various public locations throughout the City. Some meetings will continue to be held at 205 West St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, 44113. Members of the public who would like to attend a CPRB meeting held at 205 West St. Clair Avenue must register with photo identification at the security station inside the front entrance of the building thirty minutes prior to the meeting.
The CPRB meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 10:00 am, will not present any OPS cases for disposition. During this time, the Consent Decree Monitors will lead the CPRB members and OPS staff through a structured discussion regarding best practices for case disposition moving forward. Although no cases will be presented before the CPRB, this meeting will still be open to the public. The CPRB will resume hearing cases for disposition in susbsequent meetings.This website will have updated information on meeting times and locations.
Information about Civilian Police Review Board Membership >>