Mayor Jackson’s Remarks on the PERF (Police Executive Research Forum) Findings

  • On January 3, 2006, I held my first press conference as Mayor of the City of Cleveland.
    • I announced at that time that I had requested our police chief to review the police use of force protocols and implement changes that would ensure accountability, reduce the likelihood of excessive and deadly force and rebuild the trust between our police and our residents.IMG_5403 - Copyweb
  • In January 2006, the general police orders regarding the use of force were updated, increasing accountability of the officers using force as well as those who witness force.
    • Since that time, the GPOs for police use of force have been reviewed and revised four times.
    • It is an ongoing process and I anticipate additional changes down the road as national best practices change and the collective knowledge and insight of Cleveland police and police experts from around the country evolve.

View the full report from PERF here

Cleveland Police Use of Force Statistics and additional information

  • Today, Chief Michael McGrath will discuss the most recent review of use of force policies, procedures, training and investigations conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum.
  • This review took about two years and examined everything from statistics about how often police officers in Cleveland use force to the multiple investigations that are conducted when deadly force is used.
    • There were 26 recommendations contained within PERF’s report.
    • Virtually all of them have been implemented during the course of PERF’s review.
    • Chief McGrath will outline them for you in a moment.
  • But first, a few key points.
    • Overall, PERF found Cleveland Police’s policies and procedures related to the use of force “sound and comprehensive.”
    • The number of times police have used deadly force have declined on average 54% between June 2006 and June 1013.
    • The use of deadly force during field arrests has declined an average 47% since 2006
      • This year, deadly force has been used in .05% of field arrests through the end of June.
    • For less lethal force – like bodily force, spray and tasers – use has declined an average of 34% since 2006.
      • This year, only 1.81% of field arrests have involved the use of less lethal force. IMG_5401 - Copyweb
  • These statistics indicate that the policies, procedures and training are doing what they are supposed to do: guide police officer decisions in the heat of the moment.
  • The changes that Chief McGrath and his command staff have implemented over the years are changing the culture of the division of the police, supporting the strengths of our police officers and addressing our weaknesses.
  • The changes that Chief McGrath will now walk you through are not the first changes to be made within the Division of Police, nor will they be the last.  But, they will continue to have a positive impact on the community, our patrol officers and our supervisory staff in Police.
  • Ultimately, they will help rebuild trust between the community and our police officers.  And in doing so, improve safety and deter crime.