Cleveland Community Police Commission Selection Panel

About the Cleveland Community Police Commission

The Cleveland Community Police Commission (the “Commission”) is one of the mechanisms within the Consent Decree entered into between the City of Cleveland and the U. S. Department of Justice to promote ongoing community input in: the development of reforms, the establishment of police priorities, and the increasing of community confidence in the Cleveland Division of Police (the “CDP”).

The specific purpose of the Commission within this context is to serve as a mechanism for leveraging the experience and expertise of the people of Cleveland to ensure that the CDP recognizes and operates in a manner consistent with cooperative community understanding and engagement.

The Commission consists of 13 members who represent the many diverse communities. Three seats on the commission are reserved for police bargaining groups including the Black Shield, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association.

The remaining 10 persons appointed to the Commission will work or reside in the City of Cleveland and be appointed for an initial term of four years. Commission membership shall include representatives from each of the following categories:

  1. Faith-based organizations
  2. Civil rights advocates
  3. Business/philanthropic community
  4. Organizations representing communities of color
  5. Advocacy organizations
  6. Youth or student organizations
  7. Academia
  8. Individuals with expertise in the challenges facing people with mental illness or the homeless

The initial members of the Commission were appointed in September 2015.

There are currently two vacancies on the Commission, for which applications are now being sought from interested parties.

Responsibilities of the Commission

The mandate of the Commission is to:

  • Make recommendations to the Chief of Police and the City of Cleveland, including the Mayor and City Council, on policies and practices related to community and problem-oriented policing, bias-free policing, and police transparency.

  • Work with the many communities that make up Cleveland for the purpose of developing recommendations for police practices that reflect an understanding of the values and priorities of Cleveland residents.

  • Report to the City and community as a whole and provide transparency on police department reforms.

For more information on the Consent Decree and the specific responsibilities of the Commission, please go to or the Department of Justice website.