- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - City officials said it will cost Cleveland at least $45 million to implement a plan to reform its embattled police department as part of a recent settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Finance Director Sharon Dumas and Law Director Barbara Langhenry presented the cost analysis to City Council on Monday, Northeast Ohio Media Group reported (https://bit.ly/1YLXtI4 ).

Dumas said two fiscal officers itemized the potential cost of every provision in the city’s consent decree with the DOJ.

Their analysis concluded that Cleveland will pay $13.2 million next year and at least $8 million during each of the following four years to reform the city’s police department, which was accused of using excessive force too often.

Officials said the two most expensive items are the monitor that will be hired to oversee compliance and training. The monitor will cost between $4.5 million and $12 million over five years, while training will cost $4.2 million over two years.

The city is also expected to spend $3.4 million on a new records management system, a computer-aided dispatch system and other equipment.

Dumas emphasized that the figures presented were “extremely rough estimates” that will fluctuate based on a variety of unknown factors.

Cleveland has reached out to both private individuals and foundations for help in footing the bill.

Councilman Zack Reed said the private sector bears as much responsibility to fix the police department’s issues as taxpayers do.

Councilman Jeffrey Johnson said he hopes the costly reforms will benefit Cleveland by reducing the city’s excessive force lawsuits.

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Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, https://www.cleveland.com


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