CLEVELAND - A study has found Cleveland police policies and procedures in regard to use of force are sound and comprehensive.
Statistics show that from June 2006 until June 2013, use of force incidents by the Cleveland Police Department have declined.
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The findings from an outside group called Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) were presented by Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath and Mayor Frank Jackson at an afternoon news conference on Wednesday.
An initial release said the division's protocols are on par with national standards.
McGrath implemented 25 of 26 recommendations to enhance existing policies and training.
"I'm satisfied that PERF did a good job," said McGrath.
The study came at McGrath's request in March 2011 and was carried out in two phases. The outside group looked at police procedures and policies and made recommendations that were put into practice.
One of the orders states officers will not and shall not discharge a firearm from any moving vehicle or at any moving vehicle, McGrath said.
"Effectively, immediately, officers shall not discharge any firearm at or from a moving vehicle unless deadly force is being used against the police officer or another person present by means other than the moving vehicle," said McGrath
Training is key, Jackson said.
"Part of the tactical training they are receiving is don't put themselves in that position," Jackson said.
"I disagree, I think a vehicle can be used as deadly force," said Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Jeff Follmer.
It is the fourth review and update of use of force procedure since 2006. McGrath said the review is all for officers' safety. He said there was no particular case that prompted the changes.
The study cost $40,000.