Cleveland mayor wants to add more police to force, add cameras

On Wednesday night, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson gave his annual State of The City address.

Cleveland mayor wants to add more police to force, add cameras
Source: WOIO

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - On Wednesday night, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson gave his annual State of The City address.

In it, he mentioned lots of progress and changes that he has made and wants to make. In particular, interest to Cleveland 19, are his initiatives on the city’s real-time crime center and wanting to add more police to the force.

“The introduction of new technology is especially important in policing today.” Mayor Frank Jackson tying together traditional policing to the latest.

He says the city making a 34-million dollar investment in new LED lights citywide, possibly equipped cameras and something called a shot-spotter that will enable police to see and hear where shots are being made, allowing cops to solve crime much more quickly.

He talks about a new concept under development called The Realtime Crime Center.

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“It’s really a great set of tools and technology that will allow us to identify active shooters or people who would slip through the cracks. A person is investigating here where this person over here and they’re not talking to each other. But you have a clearing house and it connects dots,” said the mayor.

Mayor Jackson says Police Chief Calvin Williams will decide where when and how to deploy any new police cadets that will be coming onto the streets. There are about 80-90 cadets in class right now. There will be another one in December and they will be on the streets sometime is 2019.

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