Posted July 27, 20158:18 am
Applications for the Cleveland Police Commission (the Commission) are now available on the Commission Selection Panel Website. To be eligible, applicants must either live or work in the City of Cleveland. In order to ensure representation of our entire community, the Commission will include members representing eight broad categories stated in the Consent Decree. The categories are: Faith based organizations, civil rights advocates, the business/philanthropic community, organizations representing communities of color, advocacy organizations, youth or student organizations, academia, and individuals with expertise in the challenges facing people with mental illness or the homeless. For inquiries about how to access or submit a commission application, please contact the Mayor’s Action Center at 216-664-2900. Additional information on the roles and responsibilities of the Commission is on the Commission Selection Panel Website, and summarized below. The deadline for applications is August 6, 2015.
Background Information about the Commission:
The Cleveland Community Police Commission is one of the mechanisms of the City of Cleveland Consent Decree with 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. Commission members will be asked to commit to a four-year volunteer term and dedicate at least one day a week to this important work. The Commission will include 13 members: 10 members that our Selection Panel will recommend to Mayor Jackson for appointment and one member selected by each of the three Cleveland police associations. Commission members will be selected by early September. Working together, the mandate of Commission members 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.