The Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement is one of the most innovative plans ever devised to improve police-community relations. Created as a response to a community troubled by ongoing violence and lack of understanding between police and community members, the agreement engages both police and everyday citizens to invest in the neighborhood and make their environment a better place for both groups.

The agreement resulted from a settlement after the ACLU joined with the Cincinnati Black United Front to file suit in 2001 alleging racial profiling and discriminatory law enforcement. Enacted in April 2002 with a five-year time frame, the agreement outlined these objectives:

  • Establish police officers and community members as proactive partners in community problem-solving;
  • Build relationships of respect, cooperation and trust within and between police and communities;
  • Improve education, oversight, monitoring, hiring practices and accountability within the police department;
  • Ensure fair, equitable, and courteous treatment for all;
  • Create methods to enhance the public’s understanding of police policies and procedures and to recognize exceptional service in an effort to foster support for the police.

As a stakeholder in the Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement, the ACLU of Ohio plays a central role in implementing, promoting and defending the agreement.

Read the ACLU's 2009 Appendix to the Rand Corporation's five year report on the Cincinnati Police Department

Rand Corporation's 2006 independent analysis of the Cincinnati Police Department

Rand Corporation's 2005 independent analysis of the Cincinnati Police Department

Analysis about community satisfaction with Cincinnati Police Department (referencing the Rand Corporation's independent analysis)

Copy of Magistrate Merz' Decision and Recommendation finding the City of Cincinnati in Material Breach of Collaborative Agreement

"Collaborative Corner," the Cincinnati Office's newsletter

Copy of Motion for Cincinnati Police to Comply with the Collaborative Agreement

ACLU Appointments to Partnering Center Board

Advisory Panel

The Community Partnering Plan

The Department of Justice Settlement

The Final Settlement

Global Settlement Agreement

Global Settlement Motion

Monitor's Analysis of Police Stops Report

Nathaniel Jones Study Guide (Updated 08/30/2004)

Police Stops Report

Racial Bias and Policing

Quarterly Monitor Reports on the progress of the Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement
April 2003

July 2003

October 2003

January 2004

April 2004

October 2004

December 2004

January 2005

April 2005

July 2005

October 2005

January 2006

May 2006

September 2006

Reports from the stakeholders' parties to the independent monitor
June 2, 2003

September 5, 2003

December 5, 2003

March 5, 2004

June 7, 2004

September 7, 2004

December 6, 2004