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Statement by Council President Blaine A. Griffin on Reduction of Police Officers in 2024 Budget

Feb 01, 2024

We received the projected budget today. The continued reduction of Cleveland’s police force advocated by the administration is concerning. Last year, Council accepted cuts with the understanding the city would work with an external marketing agency to recruit new officers. We are waiting for the results from their work.    

After needing assistance from outside agencies including the State Highway Patrol, Cuyahoga County Sheriff, and the US Marshals to address the city’s crime surge, reducing the number of officers the city needs requires further discussion. 

During budget hearings, we’ll review the proposal, learn more about the rationale, and determine if the proposed reduction in the number of uniformed police is in the best interest of our residents.

(Budget hearings start after President’s Day.)