Public Safety

The Role of the CCC

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) was initially created in October 2015 by the University of Cincinnati’s Office for Safety and Reform to provide community input and guidance regarding reform efforts of the University of Cincinnati Police Division (UCPD). Chaired by prominent community leader, the Honorable Judge John A. West, representatives of this group also included: UC students, faculty, staff and alumni; neighborhood community groups; civic, faith and business leaders; and law enforcement officials. Following the completion of numerous police reforms, in January 2019 the CAC was renamed the Community Compliance Council (CCC). The diverse membership of the CCC will continue to promote diversity of thought and information exchange. The role of the CCC, however, has transitioned from advisory to compliance. As such, the CCC will perform the following activities:

  1. Review summary information on use of force incidents and investigations to determine compliance with UCPD policies and review the work of the UCPD Use of Force Review Board when convened.
  2. Review summary information of the internal investigations and complaint review process to determine compliance with UCPD policies.
  3. Monitor notable UCPD activities to ensure continued compliance with the policies and procedures set forth as part of the larger reform work of the UCPD.
  4. Provide community perspectives and insight to the UCPD Chief of Police on matters related to enforcement patterns, community engagement, recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, etc.

To facilitate these activities, the UCPD Chief of Police will present quarterly status updates on matters relevant to the CCC, including a detailed account of the processes, procedures, and dispositions of all use of force cases, and a grief synopsis of complaint allegations and detailed account of the processes, procedures, and dispositions of these investigations.  The Chief of Police will also notify the Chairperson of the CCC within 24 hours of any critical use of force incidents.  In its external oversight role, the CCC will not conduct investigations nor have the authority to authorize changes in findings, corrective action, or discipline.  The CCC Chairperson does, however, retain the authority to report any concerns or issues directly to the President of the University of Cincinnati.

We trust that the external oversight provided by the CCC will continue to promote the UCPD’s core principles of transparency, legitimacy, fairness, collaboration, and innovation, and ensure the sustainability of the progress and continued transformation of the UCPD.