The Cleveland Division of Police has partnered with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center, Ohio Investigative Unit, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio Department of Youth Services and other local and federal authorities on a two-day violence reduction initiative focused on the city’s third and fifth Districts.
Provisional data from the initiative, which was held on August 24 and 25, shows that partnering agencies made 42 felony arrests, seized 28 illegally possessed firearms, and recovered 10 stolen vehicles. OSHP troopers, federal agents, and local officers also seized varying amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and ecstasy in addition to illegally possessed prescription pills.
This week’s targeted saturation event was the second of several in Cleveland, which the State will participate in at the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. A number of OSHP resources were utilized to assist the Cleveland Division of Police and its Violent Crime Reduction Team, including Cleveland District OSHP troopers, Aviation, Investigative Services, Special Response Team, Vehicle Theft Unit, and the Ohio Investigative Unit.