(Plain Press, March 2015) On Tuesday, February 22nd, in front of the City Council Committee Room in Cleveland City Hall, Councilwoman Dona Brady, Rose Zitiello, Westown CDC Executive Director and community activists presented petitions and comments to Police Chief Calvin Williams prior to budget hearings of the Cleveland Police Department. The petitions contain over 1500 signatures of residents asking to restore neighborhood police mini-stations.
The signatures represent residents, business owners and stakeholders throughout the City of Cleveland east, west, north and south. Copies of the comments and petitions will be delivered to Mayor Frank Jackson, City Law Director Barbara Langhenry, and U.S. Attorney for Northern District of Ohio Steve Dettlebach.
Councilwoman Brady has been serving on Council for 15 years, and since the mini-station closures, continuously advocated for their reinstatement. Brady states that mini-stations officers knew the residents and the residents knew them by name, which resulted in a trusting, working relationship among the officers, the Community Development Corporations, and City Council members. As a result of the dismantling the mini-stations over 10 years ago, many quality of life issues are not being addressed on a proactive basis. “I remain totally convinced that restoring the neighborhood mini-stations in our Wards will resolve many of the issues outlined in the Department of Justice report including decreasing the police use of force,” said Brady.
The group noted that Cleveland police mini-stations were deconstructed over 10 years ago without any community input or consensus. They pointed out that the City of Cleveland’s City Planning Commission’s Citywide Community Safety Goals states; – “success tends to be measured in number of arrests rather than, as it should be, in fewer incidences of criminal activity. Expand the scope of existing police services in our neighborhoods to include beat cops, police mini-stations, and auxiliary police”.
For additional information please contact Dona Brady at (216) 374-6264 or Rose Zitiello at (216) 235-3946.