Cleveland Council approves use of $400,000 in state grants to fight violent crime problem

Cleveland Council approves use of $400,000 in state grants to fight violent crime problem

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - 19 News told you about shocking statistics on New Year’s Day that 2020 was one of the deadliest years in recent history for the city of Cleveland.

Now we’re learning there’s a new effort to fight violent crime.

Ward 4 Councilman Blaine Griffin is also the Chairman of the Safety and says, “Crime doesn’t stop at the borders in Cleveland. A lot of people come here to do the crime, and they do their dirt here in Cleveland. But hen they go home to suburban communities.”

One reason the city is in desperate need of the $400,000 in state grants to battle back against the on-going crime, violence, and drug problem plaguing the city.

“What it goes toward is to pay the salaries, pay overtime and other things for some of the joint task forces that we have,” Griffin said.

Task Forces include the U.S. Marshals, the FBI, ATF, IRS, and the Sheriff’s Department.

Law enforcement working as one focused on prevention by putting more boots on the ground and solving more cases by sharing crime trends and other valuable information. Councilman Griffin says, “It helps us with intelligence-led policing because we get to be a part of those other inter-agency partnerships. And to really make sure we have a comprehensive approach to crime-fighting.”

The councilman admits the COVID-19 Pandemic has only contributed to the violence on Cleveland streets, and city leaders are hoping state grants will turn things around.

“There’s a multitude of issues that have been magnified and illuminated by COVID-19. And I believe this violent crime we’re experiencing is just another one of them,” Councilman Griffin said.

Griffin tells 19 News that it costs about $100,000 to pay, train, and equip each officer they hire. He’s hoping with a new administration in the White House; they can form a new partnership with the federal government that could lead to more crime fighters on the streets.

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