City of Cleveland Reminds Public about Dangers of
CLEVELAND – As New Year’s Eve approaches, the City of Cleveland reminds the public that not only is celebratory gunfire illegal, but also dangerous. The consequences and risks can be significant.
In any area, but especially in a densely populated urban area like Cleveland, the consequences of celebrating New Year’s Eve or any other occasion with a gun can be devastating. The intention may be a celebratory shot toward the sky, but the consequences of that moment can be disastrous for a neighbor or someone blocks away, causing injury or death.
The City of Cleveland also warns the public on the dangers of celebratory fireworks. Fireworks are not only illegal to possess and discharge without a permit, but they can be hazardous and ignite a fire that could quickly get out of control.
Safety forces will be on duty throughout the neighborhoods of the City of Cleveland on New Year’s Eve. Police, fire and emergency medical service personnel will be alert, patrolling and ready, but safety starts at home in the neighborhood.
Cleveland Division of Police Announces Parking Ban,
Safety Tips for New Year’s Eve 2018
No street parking in Warehouse District tonight from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m.
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Division of Police announces a parking ban will be implemented in the Warehouse District tonight due to New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Division of Police is also providing information on safe travel and overall safety guidelines for the holiday.
Parking Ban: The Warehouse District parking ban, normally implemented on weekends, will be in effect through New Year’s Eve. There will be NO PARKING on signed streets from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Violators will be subject to having their vehicles ticketed and towed. The parking ban is necessary during times of heavy traffic flow to ensure the efficient passage of emergency vehicles.
Celebrate Responsibly: The Division of Police reminds those celebrating this evening to do so responsibly. Persons celebrating with alcohol should do so responsibly by planning for a designated driver, taking public transportation or taxi services or utilizing ride share services. This year, the Cleveland Division of Police partnered with the Cleveland Police Foundation and the ride share service Lyft to provide discounted rides to promote #RideSafeNYE2018. Officers are handing out coupons for discounted rides in the entertainment districts. Commuters may also access discounted rides by using the code “RideSafeNYE2018” within the Lyft app. The code is valid through January 1, 2018.
What Goes Up Must Come Down: Those celebrating the clock striking midnight are reminded that it is never legal or appropriate to do by discharging firearms into the air. Rounds fired into the air are bound to return to land and can cause property damage, injury or even death. The public is also reminded that it is not legal to ignite fireworks within the city of Cleveland.
See Something, Say Something: Law enforcement officers’, objective is to ensure the safety of the public. Policing is a partnership, and officers rely on the eyes and ears of the public to provide the best services possible. Report any illegal or suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.
Cleveland Police Command Appointments Announced
Three Officers Promoted to the Rank of Commander
CLEVELAND – Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the oath of office to three supervisors within the Cleveland Division of Police, appointing them to the rank of Commander. The promotions of Lieutenant Brian Carney, Captain Reinhold Kauntz and Lieutenant Michael Connelly take effect immediately.
Commander Brian Carney will oversee the Bureau of Compliance. This will include the Inspections Unit, the Policy Unit and the Case Preparation Unit. Carney is a 17 year veteran of the Division of Police. His most recent assignment was within the Chief’s Staff as the Case Preparation Officer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and to Lieutenant in 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and was recently selected to attend the FBI National Academy.
Commander Reinhold Kauntz will oversee the Bureau of Homeland Services. This will include the Domestic Preparedness Section, the Intelligence Section, the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center, as well as the Ports Section. Kauntz is a 24 year veteran of the Division of Police. In his most recent assignment, he served as the Executive Officer of the Bureau of Homeland Services. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2001, Lieutenant in 2008 and Captain in 2012. He is also a veteran of the United States Army Reserve and a Bronze Star recipient.
Commander Michael Connelly will oversee the Bureau of Special Investigations. This will include the Investigative Section: Homicide, Accident Investigation and Financial Crimes, as well as the Technical Section, the Special Victims Section and the Administrative Section. Connelly is a 28 year veteran of the Division of Police. In his most recent assignment, he served as the Co-commander of the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force and Supervisor of the Division’s Crisis Negotiation Team. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and to Lieutenant in 2002. He studied Criminal Justice at the University of Akron, graduated from the FBI National Academy and served in the Ohio Army National Guard.
Information regarding the police report and body camera video from the NFL player incident in February of 2018 will be posted to Gov QA under trending topics which can be accessed via the City of Cleveland website (click on public records requests). The city did not release surveillance video. The video may have come from the hotel.