Cleveland police shortage continues

CLEVELAND (WJW) – Events FOX 8 I-Team discovered a new report showing how chronic staff shortages are affecting Cleveland Police work to keep you safe.

You might be surprised at what we saw in an internal document and this comes with tougher questions for the police.

An analysis of personnel shows that each district in the city lacks dozens of patrol officers. While the sheriff and chief safety officer said police were still taking guns and many violent criminals were out on the streets, personnel reports also showed the gang unit was extremely understaffed.

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We even noticed the police unit at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport reduced its recommended staff by a quarter. (Yes, airports with the Department of Homeland Security are always in the spotlight.)

I-TEAM found that the Cleveland Police Department was trying to make up the shortfall by putting officers on overtime. Often, forcing them to work overtime to keep the city covered. The I-Team filed a request for records asking how often officers are forced to remain on active duty.

City council members are also asking.

At a safety committee hearing on Wednesday, Councilman Mike Polensek challenged the sheriff to ask officers to stay on to continue patrolling after their regular shifts.

Police Chief Calvin Williams replied: “We are asking for overtime. It can’t be both ways. You can’t say we need officers on the street, and then say I can’t authorize those officers.”

The head said the department is committed to keeping a full range of basic patrol vehicles on the streets to respond to emergencies. He added, “We want to recruit and hire more officers.”

The chief also said the city is doing all it can to hire more staff, but that has become a problem across the country.

At the same time, the city is also seeing another national trend in the Cleveland police force: The number of officers resigning or retiring spikes as more and more officers give up law enforcement careers. the law.

The HR analysis we have reviewed is done regularly. We will monitor it for more trends affecting your safety. | Cleveland police shortage continues

Huynh Nguyen

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