Mayor Jackson Addresses Declining Use of Force in Cleveland Police

Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson delivered a presentation to the public and members of the media that highlighted the declining instances of use of force by officers of the Cleveland Division of Police throughout his tenure as Mayor. In that presentation, Mayor Jackson outlined actions that he and his administration haven taken to reduce these incidents and presented future plans for continued reform.

Mayor Jackson Addresses the Decrease in Police Use of Force

Mayor Jackson Addresses the Decrease in Police Use of Force

View the full presentation here.

Some of the historical actions taken by Mayor Jackson include:

February, 1993 – Council members Fannie M. Lewis and Frank G. Jackson introduce legislation to ban the use of the choke-hold.

October, 2004 – Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) starts for officers, instructing them on techniques to de-escalate situations with mental health issues and those impaired by alcohol and drugs.

January, 2006 – Reforms to Cleveland Police Use of Force Policy, clearing the backlog of deadly force investigations pending in the City Prosecutors office. Appointed a special prosecutor to oversee deadly force investigations, implemented a tracking system to ensure these and all future investigations were completed.

2008-2009 – A Central Booking is established to receive all prisoners at the Justice Center, where trained medical and corrections personnel are ready to help those  individuals in need.

2010 – Cleveland Division of Police implements comprehensive vehicle pursuit policy.

Oct. 19, 2012 – The Police Executive Research Forum (an advisory to the United States Department of Justice) provided the City with a list of recommendations following its review of police practices and policies regarding the use of force. Overall, PERF said, it “found Cleveland Division of Police policies and procedures sound and comprehensive.” The city enacted all twenty-seven of these recommendations.

View The Police Executive Research Forum findings and recommendations here. 

These policies and procedures implemented by Mayor Jackson throughout his tenure have resulted in declining use of force incidents, arrests, and calls for service.

Since 2006:

  • Calls for service to police have been reduced by 22%
  • Arrests by 22%,
  • Less Lethal Force by 54%
  • Deadly Force by 48%

 

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Moving Forward

While the polices implemented by Mayor Jackson have resulted in a significant reduction in use of force and overall arrests, there is still more work to be done.

This January, the City of Cleveland became the largest municipality in the United States to outfit its police force with body-worn cameras. The cameras were deployed in January 2015, beginning with the First District, and will be city-wide by June 2015.

In addition to the body-worn cameras, the Division of Police is revamping the way it approaches hiring and recruitment in order to create a police force that is truly representative of the community that it serves. A continuing applications process, new minimum qualifications, and a revamped psychological examination are just some of the areas that the Mayor and his administration have targeted for change.

View Mayor Jackson’s full presentation here.

 

 

 

 

Cleveland Kennel Now Open on Sundays

The City of Cleveland is pleased to announce that the Cleveland Kennel will now be open on Sundays to the general public for adoption and reclaiming services beginning February 1, 2105.

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“The addition of the Animal Adoption/Volunteer Coordinator, as well as shifting around some of the Animal Control Officers schedules made this possible,” said Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison. “I feel very confident that the added access to the dogs in the kennel will definitely help reunite more lost dogs with their families as well as increase adoption opportunities. This is another step forward for the animals of Cleveland.”

Cleveland Kennel is located at 2690 W. 7th Street in Cleveland and will now be open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M, and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Questions about the adoptable dogs at the kennel can be sent to: citydogs@city.cleveland.oh.us or a voice message can be left at 216-664-3476. Dogs currently available for adoption can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/cacfbavailabledogs

Stop down and meet your new best friend.

 

 

Cleveland and the American Red Cross install 150,000 smoke alarms in homes over past 22 years

The Cleveland Division of Fire and the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross celebrated the installation of the 150,000th smoke alarm provided through Operation Save-A-Life on Friday December 19, 2014, at 3610 West 155th Street.

“This is a significant milestone in our community and for The Division of Fire,” said Chief of Fire Patrick Kelly. “Almost two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in properties without working smoke alarms. Operation Save-A-Life provides these smoke alarms at no cost to residents, increasing the chance of detection and escape from a possible home fire.”

“This is one of our proudest achievements,” said Red Cross CEO Mary Alice-Franks. “Knowing that this program impacts so many lives and that we are a part of it is very fulfilling. Our goal of zero fire fatalities in the City of Cleveland is one that we all hope to meet soon.”

Operation Save-A-Life was founded by Cleveland Businessman Sam Miller in 1992 when Cleveland was experiencing a rise in deaths due to home fires.

For the past 22 years, the Division of Fire and the American Red Cross have been installing properly working smoke alarms in Cleveland homes throughout the city. As a result, the city has seen a continual drop in fire fatalities and witnessed the lowest level of fatalities in the past 100 years.

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