Steubenville Police Department (Ohio)


In September 1996, the Division opened an investigation into the Steubenville Police Department (SPD) in Ohio. In June 1997, the Division identified a pattern or practice of excessive force; unlawful stops, searches and arrests; and witness and evidence tampering linked to inadequate policies and training, insufficient supervision, and inadequate systems of accountability. In September 1997, the parties entered into a court-enforced consent decree, which terminated in March 2005.


Fast Facts

Case Status: Closed
City and State: Steubenville, Ohio
Year Initiated: 1997
Year Closed: 2005

Case Documents

Document Title PDF Link HTML Link Document Type Document Size
Steubenville Police Department Findings Letter 1997 PDF Findings Letter 160.31 KB
Steubenville Police Department Complaint 1997 PDF Complaint 248.95 KB
Steubenville Police Department Consent Decree 1997 PDF Consent Decree 1.63 MB