The CMHA Police Department, also known as the Department of Safety and Security, responds to safety concerns that impact residents, employees, guests and neighborhoods. It provides direct support to all CMHA Departments and ensures public safety 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. The men and women of the Police Department know that there is no greater honor than serving others. The Department is proud to have a team that is recognized as among the most tenacious, respectful, understanding, service-oriented and well-trained members found in any law enforcement agency in the United States. The Police Department is constantly patrolling—protecting lives and property—and providing assistance to those in need. They stand ready to face challenges, adversity and work in all types of environments and climates.
Twenty years ago, the Police Executive Research Forum, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs' Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police joined forces to develop a set of professional standards for all types of law enforcement entities in the United States and other countries nationwide. Collectively known as the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the organization has currently developed over 400 state-of-the-art standards and is responsible for administering the accreditation process.
Accreditation provides recognition for a police department's willingness to better itself to become the most productive and most effective law enforcement agency it can be. Since 1983, CALEA has been enlisting a growing number of agencies in the voluntary accreditation process that ensures a standard of excellence, while helping law enforcement agencies attain professional status. Today, out of approximately 17,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, only a small percentage have attained the prestigious accreditation award, among them, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department. Additionally, CMHA is the only public housing police force in the nation to achieve reaccreditation for a fourth time. Reaccreditation is much more than an honor. It is a testament to the rigorous standards CMHA expects its police force to meet.
More information on CALEA is available at: http://www.calea.org.
Dedicated on May 14, 1993, The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial is located at the corner of West 3rd St. and Lakeside Ave in downtown Cleveland in the historic Huntington Park.
Once the site of Fort Huntington, built to defend the city during the War of 1812, it is only fitting that it now serve to honor both those who continue to protect, and those who have died protecting our lives and property.
Constructed of black polished granite the structure comprises almost 1,000 square feet of space. The structure consists of a curved wall that slopes gently from two feet high upward to six feet semi-surrounding three granite tablets. The Memorial wall bears the inscription: "The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial"
The three tablets inside the curved wall measure seven feet wide, twelve feet high and two feet thick. Each bears the name, law enforcement agency, and date of death of each of the 172 area peace officers who have died in the line of duty. Sadly one of them has space remaining for those officers who have yet to pay the supreme sacrifice in the never-ending war on crime.
Leading up to the Memorial are brick pavers. These are part of the walkways and viewing areas outside of the Memorial. The Society offers the public a meaningful way to show support and be a part of the endeavor by purchasing a personalized brick.
Each May, the Society sponsors the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Celebration in conjunction with National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15th). Events include a parade through downtown Cleveland followed by a service at the memorial.
One of the premier events is the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Tattoo. In the time-honored tradition of the military tattoo, the pipes & drums of numerous police departments throughout the United States and Canada, as well as marching bands, drill teams, dance and choral groups, combine their talents in a spectacular display of pageantry and music. The law enforcement community and the general public gather together in remembrance, fellowship and celebration to indeed "Honor our Fallen".
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