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Cleveland City Council Supports Partnership with Cleveland Division of Police and US Marshal Service to Combat Violent Crimes

Aug 08, 2023

Cleveland, OH (August 8, 2023) - Cleveland City Council learned earlier today of Operation 216 – a planned partnership announced this afternoon between the Cleveland Division of Police and the US Marshals Office to combat violent crime. City Council understands the rise in violent crime this summer has unnerved many community members and applauds the partnership. Council stands ready to partner with our law enforcement community to make Cleveland a safer community for all. 


Council President Blaine A. Griffin (Ward 6) stated, “I have a longstanding relationship with Chief Drummond and US Marshal Elliot. I am confident they will build a comprehensive plan to apprehend the bad actors and that they will effectively get to the root of violent crime in our city. Clevelanders deserve safe neighborhoods. Safety is the top priority that our city can provide.”  


Safety Chair Mike Polensek (Ward 8) shared, “I thank the Cleveland Division of Police, US Marshal Pete Elliott, his team, and other law enforcement agencies who are involved in this initiative. I have been in contact with his office for months over the growing level of violence in this city. On July 27, I officially requested along with Council President that the US Marshals come to assist the Cleveland Division of Police in its efforts to combat the dramatic increases we have been experiencing in violent crimes and civil disobedience in our neighborhoods across the city. Again, we are thankful for their commitment and engagement to Cleveland.” (Click here to read Chair Polensek’s letter to Marshal Elliot.)