Department of Justice makes routine visit to Warren

Members of the U.S. Department of Justice are in Warren meeting with city leaders over the next couple of days.

They are making sure a settlement agreement reached between the DOJ and the Warren Police Department last year is being followed. The 25-page agreement detailed numerous issues, including how Warren police will proceed with the treatment of suspects upon arrest, how to handle citizen complaints and training.

The agreement was reached after an investigation  found a pattern of excessive force and illegal searches within the department.

“We are not aware of any reason to believe that we are not in compliance, but again it’s a process. It’s more of a marathon than a sprint, so with every passing day we are making improvements to make sure that compliance, number 1, is achieved and number 2, is sustained,” said Warren Safety-Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa.

The Department of Justice began investigating Warren police in December of 2004.

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