A Message from Chief Calvin D. Williams

Cleveland Division of Police

A Message from Chief Calvin D. Williams  

Recently, it has come to my attention there are those who believethe safety of our officers is not paramount to the Cleveland Division of Police and to the City of Cleveland, and this could not be further from the truth.  

It has also come to my attention that many believe that our officers operate under a “no chase policy.”  This also could not be further from the truth. I want to make it clear that Cleveland police officers are authorized to and will pursue suspects wanted for crimes of violence and for OVI related offenses. 

The current policies of the Cleveland Division of police regarding vehicle pursuits give officers very specific guidance pertaining to when vehicle pursuits are appropriate and authorized. To be clear, vehicle pursuits are not authorized in cases of nonviolent crimes. Our officers will not become engaged…

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