Cleveland Plans More Officers on Patrol

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland is considering shifting police officers from airport security duty to street patrols to fight crime.

The issue was highlighted by the recent traffic death of a woman struck by a stolen car driven by a 13-year-old as she walked in Cleveland's theater district.

Mayor Frank Jackson wants to shift up to 45 officers from the airport and add up to 24 patrol cars.

The airport officers would be replaced with off-duty police hired by the city-owned airport. The extra patrols would be achieved by reducing the number of two-officer cars.

Homicides in Cleveland are up 14 percent from last year.