The City of Cleveland today made the following announcements:
City of Cleveland Statement Regarding Violent Crime
Like cities across America, the City of Cleveland has been plagued with increases in violent crime, shootings and homicides. Last week innocent victims including a 72 year old grandmother and an 11 year old girl sustained gunshot wounds due to being caught in the crossfire of senseless violence. This has got to stop. These crimes are not contained to one neighborhood or one side of town and are happening across our city.
The Cleveland Division of Police continues to work day and night to reduce criminal activity including deployment of the Violent Crime Reduction Detail and the Criminal Enforcement Effort which includes partnering local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. To date, officers have confiscated well over 2,000 firearms – which is more than double the number of guns confiscated at this time last year. The VCR and CEE Details alone have conducted over 1,100 traffic stops, made 300 arrests and seized 285 illegal guns. These efforts have also lead to thousands of positive citizen contacts and high visibility enforcement actions city-wide since the beginning of the summer months.
We understand that policing our way out of the issue of violent crime is not the entire answer. Working together as a community we can stem this tide of criminal activity. If you have information that can assist law enforcement, please share those tips. If you would prefer to report anonymously so your name will not be connected to a criminal investigation you may do so by contacting;
CrimeStoppers of Cuyahoga County at 216-25-CRIME (216-252-7463), their website or mobile app anonymously.
In addition, cash rewards of up to $5,000.00 are available for information leading to arrests and convictions in cases involving gun violence.
Cleveland Police Officer Arrested
On August 21, 2021, Cleveland Police Officer Christopher Ereg was arrested by Cuyahoga Falls Police for misdemeanor and felony charges including Disorderly Conduct Intoxicated, Using Weapons While Intoxicated, Carrying Concealed Weapon, and Illegal Possession of Firearm in Liquor Permit Premises. Ereg, 48, was hired by the City of Cleveland in 1999. He was terminated from employment 2016 in connection with the 2012 high-profile police vehicle pursuit and officer involved shootings, and was reinstated as a police officer following arbitration. Christopher Ereg has been suspended from employment without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case and an internal review of the incident will be conducted. Ereg was most recently assigned to the Third District.
Cleveland Municipal Court Employee Charged with Rape:
On August 19, 2021, an employee of the Cleveland Municipal Court was charged with Rape for an incident that occurred on July 26, 2020. Zino Kirby was hired in 1994. He will be suspended without pay during the adjudication of the criminal case.