Police Reform

Police Reform

Police Reform

Cleveland is the only city in America that has entered into two Consent Decrees for policing and has long served as a case study for the nation on the need for police reform. In 2021, Cleveland voters mobilized to pass a ballot initiative to improve police accountability and deliver the strongest citizen oversight commission in the United States. Known as Issue 24, the new police accountability measures give citizens the power to make decisions about police recruitment, training and discipline.

Mayor Bibb’s police reform agenda is focused on improving police accountability and public safety.


Applications for the new Cleveland Community Police Commission are closed and will be evaluated by a community-led, Resident Review Committee before the Mayor makes recommendations to City Council for appointment.

For more information about the role of the new Community Police Commission, please review Charter Section 115-5, which outlines power, duties and responsibilities of the new Commission.


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Selection Process 

The Office of the Mayor is committed to a rigorous, community-led selection process to review and evaluate applications to join the new Community Police Commission. The selection process involves two phases: 1) Resident Review Committee evaluates and shortlists applicants and 2) Selection Advisory Panel consolidates, screens and interviews shortlisted applicants before making recommendations to the Mayor for appointment. A full list of community leaders and representatives invited to serve in the selection process are below.

Resident Review Committee
Alicia Kirkman
Archie L. Green, II
Ariel Cathcart
Brenda V. Bickerstaff
Brendan Trewella
Chris Knestrick
Crystal Bryant
Cynthia Nozomi Ikuta
Emmanuel Vélez
Fred Ward
James O'Malley
Jazmin Long
Jeff Follmer
Jeffrey A. Claridge
Justin Abdul-Kareem Henton
Rev. Dr. Larry Wayne Howard
LaTonya Goldsby
Luther Roddy
Melekte Melaku
Nora Kelley
Paula J. Kampf
R. L Render III
Pastor Richard M. Gibson
Samara Knight
Selina M. Pagan

Selection Advisory Panel 
Douglas Horner 
Phyllis Harris  
Dr. C. Jay Matthews I 
Linda Hinton  



Is the current Community Police Commission still operating?

The current Community Police Commission will continue to operate with its current powers, duties and obligations. Only the new Community Police Commission will have powers outlined in Charter Section 115-5.


Will there be two Community Police Commissions?

No. The current Community Police Commission will be disbanded once a majority of the new Community Police Commission members are appointed and confirmed by Council.

After a Resident Review Committee evaluates and shortlists applications, the mayor will make recommendations to appoint ten out of the 13 members of the new Community Police Commission for Council approval. City Council will appoint three members.


Who decides who will serve on the new Commission?

The Resident Review Committee is a group of over 25 community leaders and Cleveland residents who have an interest in civil rights and police oversight including police association representatives, civil rights advocates, attorneys, medical professionals, neighborhood and faith leaders.

The Resident Review Committee are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications and providing a shortlist to the administration for further screening and interviews.