Consent decree

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The City of Cleveland released its plan for community- and problem-oriented policing Tuesday. The proposal is one of the requirements of the federal consent decree and open for public comment.

According to the plan, all officers will engage in some type of community policing. In fact, an average of 20 percent of each officer’s time will go toward it.

U.S GOVERNMENT

Cleveland’s agreement with the Justice Department to reform the city’s police force is one of 14 across the country U.S. Attorney General  Jeff Sessions wants to review. Sessions says such consent decrees taint entire police departments because of a few bad cops. But as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, Cleveland officials believe the 2015 agreement remains the best path to real reform.

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The Cleveland Community Police Commission asked one of its members to resign after he failed to attend a series of meetings. He said no. As Ohio Public Radio’s Annie Wu reports, the commission is working on a new set of bylaws aimed at improving and enforcing attendance.

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Cleveland police will begin training this summer on new policies for handling calls with people suffering a mental health crisis. A federal judge has approved the reforms that are part of the city’s agreement with the Justice Department.

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The city of Cleveland says it’s made progress in complying with its police-reform agreement with the Justice Department. But in its latest sixth-month status update for the court, the city acknowledges there have been delays.

In the past six months, Cleveland has redone its police use-of-force policies. And just last week, a federal judge approved new guidelines for responding to people in mental health crises.

But other projects remain unfinished.

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