Second Public Meeting Regarding Application for Community Police Commission

The Selection Panel for the Community Police Commission appointed by Mayor Frank G. Jackson will hold its second public meeting, Monday, August 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the offices of Hispanic Alliance, 3110 w. 25th St. Cleveland, OH 44109.  The public meeting will consist of a brief presentation on the responsibilities of the Cleveland Community Police Commission and the application process.  Members of the panel will respond to questions and comments from meeting participants regarding applicant eligibility, and the skills and areas of expertise the community would like to see represented on the Commission.

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Mayor Jackson and US Attorney Steven Dettelbach announce Selection Panel members

Application materials for the Cleveland Community Police Commission were released online on
July 21, 2015 and are available on the Selection Panel website, https://www.clevelandcpc.org  The Selection Panel website also contains background information about the Commission’s roles and responsibilities and a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to the application process.  Links to the application are also available via the websites of the City of Cleveland and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.

The Selection Panel has made paper copies of the application available for pickup at Cleveland City Hall and all branches of the Cleveland Public Library.  The Selection Panel is also working with community groups and faith-based organizations to facilitate the distribution of applications.  Completed applications for the Commission must be submitted to the Selection Panel by August 6.  Applications can be submitted online via https://www.clevelandcpc.org, by email, U.S. postal mail, or in person to a secure drop-off box that is available at City Hall for the delivery of paper copies.

In addition to the 10 members recommended by the Selection Panel, the Commission will also include a member appointed by each of the three local police associations: the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Shield.

The appointed Community Police Commission will work to bring forward recommendations to the Mayor and Cleveland Division of Police on policies and practices that can help strengthen relations between the Cleveland police and the communities they serve. The commission will also issue progress updates to the community.

Mayor Jackson’s Annual Youth Summit and Cleveland Metropolitan School District Back to School Fair

On Saturday, August 1, 2015, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and CEO Eric Gordon will welcome Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students and their parents to Mayor Jackson’s 9th Annual Youth Summit and CMSD Back to School Fair at Cleveland Public Auditorium. This event is built on highlighting the importance of conduct, courage and character to the youth of the City of Cleveland.

Parents and students will attend workshops and visit tables with information on school, community and City of Cleveland services and resources. There will be free parking available at the Willard Parking Garage.

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Applications Now Available for Community Police Commission

Applications for the Community Police Commission are now available online at www.clevelandcpc.org  or in person at City Hall on 601 Lakeside Ave Cleveland, OH 44114. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, August 6, 2015 to qualify. An application may be submitted online through www.clevelandcpc.org, by email, U.S. postal mail, or in person at secure drop-off box  available at City Hall for the delivery paper copies.

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The Community Police Commission Selection Panel is working with community groups and faith-based organizations to facilitate the distribution of these applications throughout the city.

In addition to the 10 members appointed by the Selection Panel, the commission will also include a member appointed by each of the three local police associations: the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Shield.

The Community Police Commission will work to bring forward recommendations to the Mayor and Cleveland Division of Police on policies and practices that will help strengthen relations between the City of Cleveland Police Department and the communities they serve. The commission will regularly issue progress updates to the community.

 

Selection Panel to Present Application for Community Police Commission

The selection panel for the Cleveland Community Police Commission will hold a public meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20, at Cuyahoga Community College’s Advanced Technology Training Center, 3409 Woodland Avenue. Parking is available on-site.

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At the meeting, the panel will present the application and process by which it will recommend for appointment ten individuals who are interested in serving on the inaugural Community Police Commission.  The persons recommended by the selection panel shall be appointed as provided in the City’s Charter.  Members of the community will have an opportunity to hear from the selection panel and ask questions about the application process.

The panel was appointed last week by the City of Cleveland and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Members of the selection panel include:

  • Eugenia Cash, Chair, Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County
  • Gabriella Celeste, Director, Case Western Reserve University Schubert Center for Child Studies
  • Dr. Jawanza Colvin, Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
  • Colleen M. Cotter Esq., Executive Director, Legal Aid Society, Co-Chair
  • Anita Gray, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
  • Phyllis Seven Harris, Executive Director, LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland
  • Alex Johnson, President, Cuyahoga Community College, Co-chair
  • Ronald B. Richard, President/CEO, The Cleveland Foundation
  • Victor A. Ruiz, Executive Director, Esperanza Inc.
  • Timothy L. Tramble, Executive Director, Burten, Bell, Carr Development Corporation

30th Fire Academy Class Begins Today

The 30th Cleveland Fire Academy begins today with 40 new recruits who will undergo 18 weeks of rigorous training before graduation scheduled in November 2015. The new cadets will fill vacancies created by retirements and ensure that staffing levels remain consistent with the needs of the Cleveland community.

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The comprehensive training program includes:

  • Fire behavior
  • Hands-on training with tools and equipment firefighters use daily
  • All aspects of on-scene fire operations
  • Building construction
  • Apparatus operation and maintenance
  • Rescue techniques; and,
  • 130 hours in emergency medical care, certifying the recruits as Emergency Medical Technicians.

“These new recruits will be a welcome addition to the Division of Fire,” said Fire Chief Patrick J. Kelly. “Our goal is to deliver the most efficient and effective service possible to our community. We assist the Division of EMS in their mission responding to increasing medical needs while maintaining the fire and rescue operations required in a major metro city.”

“Our objective is to build upon the expertise of each division in Public Safety and create an all-hazards approach to fire, rescue and medical services delivered in the City of Cleveland” said Public Safety Director Michael McGrath.

About the Cleveland Division of Fire

The Cleveland Division of Fire has been serving the Community of Cleveland, Ohio for over 150 Years. The Division of Fire’s core values are centered around the protection of lives, property and the environment through preparedness, prevention, public education and emergency response; with an emphasis on quality services delivered efficiently, effectively and safely.

Grant Provides Extended Hours, Special Programming at Four Cleveland Recreation Centers

The Division of Recreation announced today that it has been given permission from The Cleveland Foundation to utilize the remaining $42,000 from the previous year’s recreation extended hours program.

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These remaining funds will keep four recreation centers open Wednesday through Saturday until 11:00 p.m. and offer recreational programing. Extended operating hours at the four chosen recreation centers will be 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

The funds will allow the Division of Recreation to operate extended hours and programming at the following four locations from Wednesday, July 8, 2015 through Saturday, August 1, 2015.

The four recreation centers with extended hours are:

  1. Lonnie Burten, 2511 East 46th Street.
  2. Zelma George, 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.
  3. Cudell, 1910 West Blvd.
  4. Glenville, 680 E. 113th Street.

Security will be assigned to all four recreation centers each day until closing time at 11:00 p.m. Curfew laws will be enforced. For more information, call the Division of Recreation at 216.664.2570.

Selection Panel for Community Police Commission Formed

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach announced today the appointment of an 11-member selection panel that will have the duty to appoint 10 representatives to the City of Cleveland Community Police Commission, as detailed in the agreement between the City of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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“I have confidence in this panel to accomplish their goal of selecting qualified members for the Community Police Commission and to keep the city on track as we continue down the Road to Reform,” said Mayor Jackson.

“It is now time for this impressive panel to independently select 10 members of Cleveland’s first-ever Community Police Commission, said U.S. Attorney Dettelbach.

“Looking at the commitment, diversity and accomplishments of this group, I have every confidence that they will pick a panel that will serve the people well. I hope Cleveland’s best and brightest will follow this group’s lead and apply to serve.”

The Community Police Commission will be comprised of 13 members, 10 selected by the newly formed selection panel and three selected by City of Cleveland police unions. The Community Police Commission will make recommendations to the Chief of Police and the City, including the Mayor and City Council, on policies and practices related to community and problem-oriented policing, bias-free policing and police transparency.

The members of the selection panel are:

  • Eugenia Cash, LSW, MSSA, CDCA, Chair, Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (A.D.A.M.H.S.) Board of Cuyahoga County
  • Gabriella Celeste, Director, Case Western Reserve University Schubert Center for Child Studies
  • Dr. Jawanza Colvin, Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
  • Colleen M. Cotter Esq., Executive Director, Legal Aid Society
  • Jimmy Gates, Pastor, Zion Hill Missionary Baptist
  • Anita Gray, President/CEO, Anti-Defamation League
  • Phyllis Seven Harris, Executive Director, LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland
  • Alex Johnson, President, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Ronald B. Richard, President/CEO, The Cleveland Foundation

Victor A. Ruiz, Executive Director, Ezperanza Inc.

  • Timothy L. Tramble, Executive Director, Bell-Burten-Carr Development Corporation

Click here to read short biographies of each selection panel member.

The selection panel will ensure that members of the Community Police Commission include one representative from faith-based organizations, civil-rights advocates, the business/philanthropic community, organizations representing communities of color, advocacy organizations, youth or student organizations, academia and individuals with expertise in the challenges facing people with mental illness or the homeless. Additionally, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Shield will each select a representative to serve on the Commission.

“We are honored to be part of the selection panel and look forward to getting to work,” stated the members in a joint statement. “We embrace our role in building community trust and engagement, and encourage a diverse pool of people to consider applying to serve on the Community Police Commission. We plan to regularly update the public on our progress, beginning with a public meeting in the near future in which we will explain the application process and the role of the Commission.”

The selection panel must select members of the Community Police Commission within 60 days. View today’s press conference in its entirety here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNiw1f9Hmv4&feature=youtu.be

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