Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Enhanced Budget Results in the Addition of 20 New Officers to Division of Police

Additional staff helps increase critical services to Cleveland neighborhoods

The City of Cleveland today graduated its 137th police academy class, adding 20 new police officers to serve citizens. The graduates are lateral transfer officers with prior law enforcement experience in the State of Ohio. The new staff is part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s ongoing plan to enhance the quality of life in Cleveland neighborhoods by reducing response times for critical services.

View images from the graduation ceremony.

“We are positioning for the future as we bring these 20 new officers into our police ranks,” said Mayor Jackson. “They are essential to strengthening our neighborhoods and providing a better quality of life for our citizens.”

Friends, family and city staff gathered to attend the graduation ceremony today at Cleveland City Hall. Along with Mayor Jackson, local officials included Police Chief Calvin D. Williams and Assistant Safety Director Tim Hennessey. The event also includes representatives from the State Highway Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Mayor Jackson, who announced his 2017 budget enhancements in February, promised Cleveland residents enhanced critical services in area neighborhoods. Services such as police, fire and EMS all receive significant increases in staff and equipment as a result of Issue 32. The 138th police academy cadet class will commence in June 2017. The division is in the midst of ongoing recruitment. The force today is at 1,475 officers, and with the enhancements has a budgeted staffing level of 1,601, as some vacancies are often created through attrition.

“The addition of these police officers will help create an even stronger, more responsive police department for the people of the City of Cleveland, “said Chief Williams. “We’re hiring for the foreseeable future.”

The new Neighborhood Impact Community Engagement Squad (N.I.C.E) is included in the enhanced budget of approximately $8.3 million. As a result of adding new officers to the division, the NICE unit will gain 10 officers.


Mayor’s Job Match Week Begins May 15th

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Event aims to connect Clevelanders to meaningful employment

Join Mayor Frank G. Jackson and OhioMeansJobs | Cleveland – Cuyahoga County for the Mayor’s Job Match Week. The job match is aimed at connecting Clevelanders with meaningful work and opportunity. Bring your resume, if available.

All participating employers – including the City of Cleveland – are hiring now. Available positions range from entry-level to mid-management and technology. Whether you’re seeking an after school opportunity, a career change or need help navigating the hiring process, this event is for you! Dates and times are below:

Monday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center
8611 Hough Ave.

Tuesday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Zelma George Recreation Center
3155 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Wednesday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Michael Zone Recreation Center
6301 Lorain Ave.

Thursday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lonnie Burton Recreation Center
2511 E. 46th St.

Friday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cudell Recreation Center
1910 West Blvd.

Click here to view all job match week flyer.

Click here to view the Facebook event and share with friends.

Cleveland Road Work Update: May 12, 2017

road work ahead

Thanks to Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s enhanced budget, made possible by Issue 32, the City of Cleveland is embarking on more street improvement projects in 2017 than years past. Projects span all neighborhoods and wards throughout the city.

Here are some highlights about this year’s road work:

  • Street resurfacing began on April 27, 2017 and will continue through the summer, weather permitting. The first resurfacing project took place in Ward 4 on Parkview Avenue near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
  • Potholes are serviced year round, weather permitting.  The Department of Public Works has increased its pothole crews from three to 10 as a result of the passage of Issue 32.
  • This year, with the completion of the Pavement Management Study we have a graded system that allows us to select the streets that are in the greatest need of resurfacing. We are using the worst first approach to road resurfacing.
  • We are projecting to resurface 95 streets this year.
  • Thanks to Issue 32 funds, the City of Cleveland has reinstated street sweeping services.

Click here to view today’s daily roads update.

Updates will be posted Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Base Cleveland Veteran News

May 12, 2017 

Thank You Veterans

Prepared and distributed monthly to Veterans and supporters of those who served 

Special Events

  • USS COD Submarine Memorialopened for daily public tours May 1, 2017, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 2nd Annual Tri-C Veterans Workforce Job Fair – May 22nd

The Tri-C Veterans Initiative wants to alert all veterans and military dependents about the College’s 2nd Annual Workforce Job Fair May 22, 2017.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tri-C Advanced Technologies Training Center (ATTC) at the corner of East 30th Street and Woodland Ave. on the Tri-C Metro Campus.

This event is FREE and open to all veterans and military dependents.  Note that numerous veterans’ community resources will also be on-site at this event.  You can register at:  You can also get further information by calling: (216) 987-4391.

  • Are you a Military Veteran?  Come learn about your benefits.

Justice Center Atrium 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

  • MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017 – 12 noon to 8 p.m.
  • FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017 – 12 noon to 8 p.m.

Hosted by the  Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System In Partnership with the Cuyahoga County Veteran Service Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs – Vet Center

If you served in the military, you may qualify for VA and County benefits. Outreach/enrollment specialists will be on site along with Cuyahoga County Veteran Service Officers and Readjustment Outreach Specialists from the East Side/West Side Readjustment Counseling Service – Vet Centers.

For questions, call Judy K. Zamlen-Spotts at (216) 701-7592

  • Cleveland Mayor Jackson’s Job Match

Mayor Frank G. Jackson is hosting the first Mayor’s Jobs Match Week May 15-19. The event is at five recreation centers throughout the City and will connect Clevelanders with meaningful work and opportunity. All participating employers –including the City of Cleveland –are hiring now. Participating companies include United Parcel Service, RTA, Key Bank , Nestle and more.

Available positions range from entry-level to mid-management and technology.

The flyer with event information is downloadable here:  For more information, contact or telephone 216-664-4303

  • Cleveland Senior Day

The Cleveland Department of Aging presents the 28th annual Senior Day Wednesday, May 24, 2016 at Cleveland Public Hall.  For more information, www.cleveland-oh-gov/aging

  • Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet

The International Exposition (I-X) Center and the Military Vehicle Preservation Association announced the 42nd annual MVPA International Convention will be held in conjunction with the Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet June 22-24, 2017 at the I-X Center.

  • Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame seeks to recognize those Ohioans who have worn the uniform of this Nation’s Armed Forces, performed their military duties, and then continued to contribute to community, state and nation in an exemplary manner. These outstanding contributions may, for example, be in the areas of professional, civic, veterans’ advocacy, public service or significant contributions over the life of the nominee. Nomination must be received no later than June 30, 2017.

Questions?  please call (614) 752-8941 or email  Please visit our web site at:

  • USS COD Dutch Friendship Day: join the COD as they reenact the USS COD’s WWII rescue of 55 crewman from the Dutch Submarine 019 at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017.
  • Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade

The City of Cleveland will partner and host the annual Veterans Day ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Read the entire Base Cleveland Veteran News here.

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