Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM
In an effort to push back on gun-related violent crime in Cleveland, Mayor Frank Jackson has budgeted for 25 additional police officers to start in May.
The new officers will free up two dozen current officers to join special teams deployed specifically to suppress gun and gang related crime, which has spiked upward this year.
Jackson says the aim is to triple the number of officers dealing with those kinds of crimes.
"We wanted to deliver a message that criminals don't own the streets of the city of Cleveland," Jackson said. "Our police department will be there and... they will be uncomfortable in what they do. And if they have a gun or behave in violent criminal activities, we will deal with them and deal with them appropriately."
The city will recruit already-certified officers with at least three consecutive years of experience from around the state, shortening the time needed to get them trained and deployed.