ICYMI: A Message from Chief Calvin D. Williams

A Message from Chief Calvin D. Williams:

Over the course of the last week, we have seen our great city rise to great levels of success. Our Cleveland Cavaliers brought the National Basketball Association Championship trophy to Cleveland and the city rejoiced – and celebrated – as never before.

The night of the Cavs victory is one that most of us will never forget. Although the trophy was won in Oakland, California, CLEVELAND, OHIO was alight with celebration. Thousands of fans were downtown for the game and the streets were flooded immediately after the win. The drought was ended and Cleveland had a championship. That night, we had crowds, we had excitement, we had people climbing on a fire truck; but we did not have trouble. As was heard over police radio, “They’re not being unruly, they’re just really happy.” Our city came together and had a party.

And then on Wednesday, we really saw what Cleveland is made of. On Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the City of Cleveland held the Cleveland Cavaliers Victory Parade and rally. In a matter of a couple of days, a celebration that reportedly drew over one million people was planned. Again, we saw crowds and excitement but relatively little trouble. And when trouble did arise, our officers were on hand to effectively handle situations.

I want to thank the fans and citizens of our great city for a great turnout at these great events. The interaction between the fans and our officers was amazing and inspiring as we celebrated together. The hugs, the high fives, fans posing for pictures with officers – this is something we will always remember. This is now a part of Cleveland’s history.

I want to thank the men and women of the Cleveland Division of Police, as well as our law enforcement partners, for a job well done. I know that you worked long hours and that you had to be tired, but you did so with professionalism and poise. The feedback from the community relative to officer interaction has all been extremely positive and upbeat. Together, we secured the largest public event in the city’s history, managed more traffic than we’ve ever seen and even reunited 45 lost children with their families. I truly could not be prouder of us all.

A Message from Chief Calvin D. Williams

A Message from Chief Calvin D. Williams:

Over the course of the last week, we have seen our great city rise to great levels of success. Our Cleveland Cavaliers brought the National Basketball Association Championship trophy to Cleveland and the city rejoiced – and celebrated – as never before.

The night of the Cavs victory is one that most of us will never forget. Although the trophy was won in Oakland, California, CLEVELAND, OHIO was alight with celebration.  Thousands of fans were downtown for the game and the streets were flooded immediately after the win.  The drought was ended and Cleveland had a championship.  That night, we had crowds, we had excitement, we had people climbing on a fire truck; but we did not have trouble.  As was heard over police radio, “They’re not being unruly, they’re just really happy.”  Our city came together and had a party.

And then on Wednesday, we really saw what Cleveland is made of. On Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the City of Cleveland held the Cleveland Cavaliers Victory Parade and rally.  In a matter of a couple of days, a celebration that reportedly drew over one million people was planned.  Again, we saw crowds and excitement but relatively little trouble.  And when trouble did arise, our officers were on hand to effectively handle situations.

I want to thank the fans and citizens of our great city for a great turnout at these great events. The interaction between the fans and our officers was amazing and inspiring as we celebrated together.  The hugs, the high fives, fans posing for pictures with officers – this is something we will always remember.  This is now a part of Cleveland’s history.

I want to thank the men and women of the Cleveland Division of Police, as well as our law enforcement partners, for a job well done. I know that you worked long hours and that you had to be tired, but you did so with professionalism and poise.  The feedback from the community relative to officer interaction has all been extremely positive and upbeat.  Together, we secured the largest public event in the city’s history, managed more traffic than we’ve ever seen and even reunited 45 lost children with their families.  I truly could not be prouder of us all.

Driver’s License Checkpoints Today:

The Cleveland Division of Police will conduct the following checkpoints today, Thursday, June 23, 2016:

 

Driver’s license checkpoint at East 147th Street and Kinsman Road from 7pm until 11pm

 

Driver’s License checkpoint at Lorain Avenue and Fulton Road from 8pm until 12:30 am

 

Parade Safety #Allin216

The Cleveland Division of Police in partnership with the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Cavaliers wish to ensure a safe event during tomorrow’s Cleveland Cavalier’s Championship Parade. Those attending the parade are encouraged to take responsibility for personal needs.

· Traffic
The event is expected to draw large crowds and parking will become a challenge early on. Parade goers are strongly encouraged to utilize public transportation through GCRTA’s bus and rapid lines. Both getting into the city and out of the city after the festivities will be a challenge; officers and traffic controllers will staff intersections to enhance the flow of traffic. Vehicles illegally parked will be towed.
· Family meeting point/Lost children
Attendees of the parade are encouraged to discuss with family and friends a designated meeting point should members become separated. Children should be monitored closely and told that should they become separated from family to seek out a person in a uniform. Cleveland Police officers and other members of partnering law enforcement agencies will be highly visible as will members of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (blue and yellow uniforms) and all have radio contact back to the command center.
· Water
Parade goers are encouraged to bring an ample amount of water for themselves and for children. Water will be available from vendors on site, but it is important to consider bringing your own supply.
· Sunscreen
Please utilize sunscreen and bring extra to reapply during the event; warm weather is expected.
· Parade Route
Any one not credentialed to be in the parade itself shall NOT enter the parade route. The parade route is for permitted participants only. Anyone entering the parade route is subject to arrest.

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Road Closures Due to Crowds

  1. West Bound RT#2 close exit ramp to W.3rd
  2. East Bound RT # 2 close exit ramp to W. 6 & Lakeside
  3. Close eastbound on Detroit/Superior Bridge at W.25th
  4. Close eastbound on Lorain Carnegie Bridge at W.20th
  5. I 90 eastbound I 71 northbound close exit ramp to E.9th Street
  6. I 77 northbound towards I 90 eastbound close the ramp to E.9th Street and Ontario
  7. I 77 northbound close the exit ramp to E.14 and E 22 (162B)
  8. I 90 westbound close the exit ramp to Prospect Ave