CMHA Police Department

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Charged with keeping our residents and properties safe, the CMHA Police Department provides quality law enforcement service to residents, employees and visitors of CMHA properties throughout Cuyahoga County. The CMHA Police Department is a state-certified law enforcement agency and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Our officers are certified by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission and enforce all city, state and federal laws as well as agency policies and procedures and have full arrest powers. The Department provides policing services to CMHA residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round.

The members 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 and protecting lives and property as well as providing assistance to those in need.

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Command Staff

Andrés González Victor Thomas Burdyshaw Gregory Drew Terrissi Suber-Bey
Andrés González
Chief of Police

Victor McDowell
Deputy Chief of Police

Thomas Burdyshaw
Commander of Field Operations

Gregory Drew
Lieutenant & Acting Commander of Administrative Operations
Terrissi Suber-Bey
Executive Assistant to the Chief

CALEA Accreditation
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 together to develop a set of professional standards for all types of law enforcement entities in the United States. Collectively known as the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the organization has currently developed over 400 standards and is responsible for administering the accreditation process.  
A small percentage of law enforcement agencies nationwide have attained CALEA accreditation, the gold standard in public safety. Accreditation ensures a standard of excellence and recognizes a police department’s commitment to better itself to become the most productive and effective law enforcement agency it can be. CMHA has been accredited since 1998 and received its ninth accreditation in 2024. A reaccreditation demonstrates the high standard CMHA expects of its police force. More information on CALEA is available at

As part of the CALEA Accreditation process, we are open for public comment on the performance of CMHA PD.
Submit Public Comment Here

Contact CMHA Police Department

Emergency: 216.391.CMHA (2642)
Non-Emergency: 216.426.7760
Anonymous Tips: 216.426.8477
Fax: 216.361.3728

If you would like to make a complaint or commend a member of the CMHA Police Department, please call the Chief's Office at 216.426.7801.
Or visit our office at:
5715 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44104

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