Introducing your new Community Engagement Officers!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

July 26, 2018

 

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Cleveland Division of Police Introduce Community Engagement Officers to City Neighborhoods

15 officers represent a new approach to community policing

 

CLEVELAND – Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Chief Calvin D. Williams and Deputy Chief Wayne Drummond provided background on the Community Engagement Officer (CEO) initiative and introduced the 15 new CEOs.

This initiative further demonstrates the City’s commitment to creating a better quality of life for residents. Each of the city’s five police districts has three CEOs focused on grassroots relationship-building, based on the specific needs of each district.

“It’s really about community engagement and community policing in a way that connects police officers with individuals and community organizations and community groups to have a real feel for what’s going on on the street,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “People think of police answering 9-1-1 or going to homicides or robberies. This is a different approach.”

The positions are a national model for policing and are funded by a grant from the Department of Justice, COPS office. CEOs were picked by their district commanders because of previously demonstrated skills in community outreach. The average day of each CEO varies depending on the neighborhoods in which they’re assigned. Some may attend community fairs, neighborhood meetings or meet residents door-to-door. Others may visit a school, recreation center or park to interact with kids, while others attend senior events.

“Open communication with officers is important, especially in helping to prevent crimes and gathering important tips after crimes have occurred, “said Chief Calvin D. Williams. “All officers are responsible for engaging in community and problem-oriented policing, but CEOs will be the familiar faces in your neighborhood.”

The officers are intended to be a key resource for residents they meet regarding safety issues in their communities. They also connect residents to other officers and city departments.

“My district is located in the same area in which I spent the majority of my childhood and teen years,” said CEO Sabrina Walker, serving the Fifth District. “I get to give back to the same community that invested in me.”

 

CEOs, listed with their badge numbers, include:

  • First District: Kerry Adams (#49), Juan DeJesus (#1881) and Lyniece Turner (#2581)
  • Second District: Carlos Garcia (#673), Carole Hageman (#603) and Hubert Kidd (#865)
  • Third District: Howard Hart III (#2369), Ervin Lee, Jr. (#1692) and Rashawn Rahim (#238)
  • Fourth District: Antonio Andino (#791), Carmen Hall (#1036) and Crystal Lewis (#1666)
  • Fifth District: Nelson Muniz (#1568), Sabrina Walker (#1788) and Aarius Waters (#657)

Click here to view more information about the CEOs.

By early 2019, the Division of Police expects to continue bolstering its service by hiring 250 new officers. For more information about public safety recruitment, visit www.city.cleveland.oh.us/PublicSafetyCareers. Follow the #CEOinCPD hashtag on social media to learn more about the CEOs working in Cleveland neighborhoods.

 

About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life for its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at www.city.cleveland.oh.us, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland.CEOs

Gone Fishing! Annual Cops and Kids Fishing Trip!

Gone Fishing! (and for ice cream)

Photo credit: City of Cleveland Bureau of Photography

Today, the annual Cops and Kids fishing trip was hosted by the Cleveland Police Foundation and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. Officers accompanied kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland on the fishing boats. Today they caught about 25 fish!

After the fishing outing, the kids returned to the docks at Voinovich Park where they had lunch and participated in activities including more fishing, bubble soccer, bubble blowing, building with giant blocks and meeting members of the Division of Police, the FBI and more!

The day ended on a sweet note with a visit from the Cleveland Police Pierre’s ice cream truck! All of the ice cream is generously donated by Pierre’s ice cream right here in Cleveland!

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Missing Endangered Children

Missing are:

2 yr old female twins Savannah and Zayanna Harris
​7 yr old male Tayveon Harris
4 yr old male Kylee Harris
The children were taken by their mother Brianna Harris who suffers from bi-polar/schizophrenia and has not taken her medication. They were last known to be in a blue Toyota corolla license plate 0157330. The last known location was 1500 E. 193 st after fleeing from the area of 440 E. 146 st.
The family is very concerned for the safety of the children as 2 yr old Savannah requires oxygen and is fed thru a feeding tube. It is believed that the child would have run out of oxygen at this time. The children were reported missing by their father who has legal custody of the children.
If you have information pertaining to their whereabouts, please call 5th district detectives at (216) 623-5500 or 911 in case of an emergency.

A message from Chief Calvin D. Williams

A message from Chief Calvin D. Williams:
One week ago, funeral services were held for Patrol Officer Vu Nguyen, who passed away suddenly. Vu leaves behind a wife, two daughters, an extensive family and countless friends. 
On behalf of the men and women of the Cleveland Division of Police, I would like to thank everyone who reached out to extend sympathies, provide donations and offer up prayers. The support from the community, not only here in Cleveland, but from across the country, has been immense and is greatly appreciated. 
Thank you to our local, state and federal law enforcement partners for all assistance. Also, a very special thanks to the business communities in Cleveland and in surrounding communities for countless donations and for organizing events to assist the Nguyen family. 
Though the time for healing is only just beginning, it is a comfort to know the magnitude of support pouring in from the community. 

OVI Checkpoint

The Cleveland Division of Police will be conducting an OVI checkpoint today at the intersection of Broadway and Baxter ave from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.