Cleveland police monitoring team creates website, accepting input for first-year plan
A team of 15 experts from around the country will oversee the Cleveland police department's compliance a consent decree negotiated with the U.S. Department of Justice. A Los Angeles-based police consulting firm, Police Assessment Resource Center, will be paid $4.9 million by the city. Here are the backgrounds of the team members.
Ryllie Danylko, cleveland.com
By Eric Heisig, cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The team monitoring the city of Cleveland's agreement with the U.S. Justice Department regarding police reform has created a website and social-media accounts.
Within the past week, the website www.clevelandpolicemonitor.net went live, team leader Matthew Barge said. The team also sent out its first dispatch via Twitter on Friday.
The team also created a Facebook page.
The web presence is a way to keep Cleveland residents informed as the monitoring team tracks the city's progress in reforming its police department. The settlement with the Justice Department was reached in May, and is expected to cost the city millions over at least five years.
The monitoring team began its work in October. It now has two offices: one at the Cleveland police department's downtown headquarters on Ontario Street and one at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, 4515 Superior Ave.
It is now taking public input for a first-year plan, which will be filed Feb. 1 for Chief U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr.'s approval. The plan (a draft can be seen below) will set deadlines for when the city will have to accomplish certain tasks.
The judge, city and Justice Department are expected to discuss the first-year plan at a Jan. 28 status conference.
Those who want to weigh in can do so here.
"What we've been telling people is 'the sooner, the better,'" Barge said.