Michael McGrath , CHIEF
1300 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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Division of Police
2005 Annual Report


The highest priority of the Division of Police is providing basic police services to the community. The Division is organized into three main functional programs in order to deliver these services in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. The programs are Administrative Operations, Field Operations and Special Operations.

Administrative Operations provides the necessary support services that enable both Field Operations and Special Operations to respond to calls for service as effectively as possible. Administrative Operations provides security services, warrant, subpoena and property processing, radio and telephone communications, inspection of the manner in which the Division provides police services to the community and management of information and human resources. Additional functions include the reporting and recording of crimes and incidents and the continued development of the Division through planning and training of all personnel.

Field Operations provides response to citizen calls for assistance through uniformed patrol activities in the six Districts and interacts through the community via the mini-station and DARE programs, Community Relations, the Auxiliary Police, and bike and foot patrols. The District support sections assist uniformed patrol efforts through the investigation of major offenses, concentrated enforcement action on specific complaints and crime pattern analysis. The Bureau of Traffic provides crowd control and traffic flow at major events, investigates serious traffic accidents and ensures the safety of school children walking to and from school. The neighborhood police districts ensure the safety of school children walking to and from school. Quality of life issues are addressed with the Community Empowered Policing (CEP) program and Operation Fresh Start.

Special Operations is composed of two main sections which provide a variety of investigative and technical services to the Division and the community. Investigations, which consists of the Detective Bureaus, specializes in specific crimes such as auto theft, fraud, arson, homicide, sex crimes and youth gangs. Technical Support provides both photo lab services as well as forensic and crime scene analysis for the Division.


To protect the life and property of all citizens against criminal activity and to create an environment of stability and security within the community.




  • Provide all necessary support activities for Field and Special Operations.


  • Establish operating polices and procedures for the Division.
  • Manage daily operations and preside over general inspections of the Division.
  • Prepare and manage the operating and capital budgets for the Division of Police.
  • Provide crime analysis used for strategic planning in operations.
  • Recruit, hire and train both uniform and civilian employees.
  • Record and maintain payroll and personnel records.
  • Collect and record all criminal incident reports.
  • Handle open record requests.
  • Provide security services for the Division including security at the District holding jails, the Central Jail and Court security.
  • Operate and maintain radio and telephone communications.




  • To provide protection against loss of life, bodily injury and property loss and to empower the community and Divisional personnel in their combined efforts to reduce crime and the fear of crime with an emphasis on joint planning, evaluation and operations.
  • To reduce traffic accidents in the community and provide safer conditions for motorists, pedestrians, and citizens using the public streets, airports, and waterways within the City.


  • Investigate all major offenses against persons and property.
  • Provide Patrol and Community Based Policing activities.
  • Participate with citizens on Community Relations Committees, the Auxiliary Police Program, crime prevention fairs, anti-drug marches, Night Out Against Crime, the Crime Stoppers Program, the Task Force on Violent Crime and similar projects in response to community needs.
  • Develop close working relationships with residents by interacting while on patrol and attending community functions.
  • Provide neighborhood beat patrols to areas that could benefit from close ongoing interaction between the Police and the community.
  • Participate in Operation Fresh Start which aggressively investigates and focuses on deterring crimes that occur on the streets in highly populated, low income distressed neighborhoods.
  • Conduct DARE Program, Child Accident Prevention Program, Stop Cleveland Auto Theft, Gun Buy Back, Crime Watch Training and other programs in response to the needs of the community.
  • Ensure the safety of school children walking to and from school.
  • Alleviate traffic congestion, restore normal traffic flow, and provide traffic and crowd control at special events.
  • Respond to scenes of traffic accidents, prepare traffic reports, and provide security and traffic control at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.




  • To target the perpetrators of specific crimes such as auto thefts, burglaries, homicides, sexual assaults, gang activity, and drug trafficking, for arrest and prosecution.


  • Aggressively investigate crimes that occur in the City of Cleveland.
  • Conduct enforcement activities against specific crimes within a target neighborhood using decoy, surveillance or search operations, based upon crime analysis and trends.
  • Maintain contact with and enlist the assistance of community leaders and residents to identify those responsible for neighborhood criminal activity.
  • Perform crisis intervention, handle hostage negotiations and other highly dangerous and volatile situation where specialized training or equipment is required.
  • Provide support to district operations in improving the quality of life in neighborhoods through the enforcement of gambling, vice and drug laws, and by suppressing gang activity and juvenile crime.
  • Detect offenders through crime scene processing and the use of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis.




  • Improvements to police facilities.


  • Upgrades and repairs to employee work areas.