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

The City of Cleveland yesterday 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 Jan. 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 Nov. 13 and will conclude on Nov. 15, 2017.  After completion of the Nov. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Jan. 1, 2018.