Cuyahoga County, OH (WOIO)- At no time in history has the Sheriff's office gone out and picked up our prisoners.
Last Monday, a new program, a key element in the reforming of our justice system, launched.
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office Shuttle Bus Program, in cooperation with the Prosecutor Bill Mason's Office, will officially begin with a ceremony at the Cuyahoga County Jail, October 5th at 10:00 a.m.
Those in attendance will include Sheriff Bob Reid, the Deputies who man the Shuttle Bus, Prosecutor Bill Mason, Chief Inspector Tim Oleksiak, Capt. Mike Jackson, Area Chiefs, and other Sheriff's Office representatives, along with the bus itself.
The twenty passenger shuttle bus, purchased with money seized by the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division in drug related raids, picks up Cuyahoga County prisoners from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Previously, police officers left their communities for transportation of prisoners to the Cuyahoga County Jail. The shuttle bus will allow these officers to stay in their communities, thereby increasing public safety. It will be manned by four deputies, who were brought back to the Sheriff's Office as part of a $920,000 criminal justice grant that the city of Cleveland received from the State of Ohio Justice Affairs Office and split among the Sheriff's Office and other municipalities throughout Cuyahoga County.
Regional cooperation has been the hallmark of new programs in reforming the Cuyahoga County justice system and continued successes in the Early Case Management Program are now expanded with the Shuttle Bus Program.