A Message from the Chief: Department of Justice Findings
On Thursday, December 4, 2014, the findings of an 18-month long Department of Justice investigation into the Cleveland Division of Police were announced by the United States Attorney General. The review highlighted concerns relative to police use of force and community/police relationships.
It is important to remember that the majority of our officers do great police work every day and represent the Division of police with pride and excellence. Our officers are committed to the safety and well-being of our residents. The hard work and dedication already displayed by our officers can often be overshadowed by negativity. We must work to ensure that does not happen.
Our focus, as a Division, is on improving trust through community and police relations so that we may enjoy a safer community. The Division remains firm in our commitment to continue to improve on existing policies and procedures. We will continue to provide quality policing. The Division of Police and the residents of the City of Cleveland will move forward together, becoming stronger through this process.
Chief Calvin D. Williams, Cleveland Division of Police