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Cleveland Revamps Troubled Sex-Crimes Unit

CLEVELAND (AP) - More detectives and training will be added to a city police sex-crimes unit plagued by unsolved crimes and lost files.

"We know there's problems in the sex-crimes unit," Mayor Jane Campbell said Thursday in announcing the moves. "We've taken concrete steps and are working to resolve the problems."

Changes include increasing the number of detectives investigating sexual-assault and child-abuse cases from 12 to 17, adding training for detectives and allowing only supervisors to close cases.

Councilman Michael Polensek, who has called the unit "dysfunctional," said the changes were "certainly a good move in the right direction."

Tim Miller, head of the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's criminal division, said the police unit has improved since a new supervisor took over in November.

"I think they're really making a concerted effort to correct the problems," he said. "I think they're going to turn the unit around."

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