The clock will not start ticking on mandated changes to make in the policies and operations of the Cleveland Police Department until U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver okays the understanding reached between the city and the Department of Justice.

But a number of changes, consistent with the decree’s goals, are already underway.

Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams explained some Wednesday in a city hall briefing.

One big change — a different view of what role police are being trained to hold.

“Our officers have been trained to go out and protect and be like we would assume in the military,” said Chief Williams. “We want our officers to protect the community and be safe in the community, but we’ve changed that philosophy from a warrior community to a guardian community.”

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