Operation We Are CLE

The Cleveland Division of Police - in partnership with county, state and federal law enforcement - announced some of the successes of Operation We Are CLE. The collaborative effort is a hyper-focused approach to fight crime, take violent criminals off the streets and make Cleveland neighborhoods safer. Since the implementation of Operation We Are CLE, targeted areas have seen reduction in violent crimes, including homicides.

“I want to express to the community at large that if we just rely on law enforcement to solve the problems we have around crime, particularly violent crimes, that we would not be successful. This has to be an entire community effort,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Everything from the business community to the religious community to education to all the aspects to all the pillars of our society ensure that we do put those who need to be in jail in jail, that we do arrest those that need to be arrested but also deal with those underlying causes as to why people engage in criminal activity."

Agencies involved in this endeavor include: the Cleveland Division of Police, the Adult Parole Authority, the United States Marshals Service (lead agency), the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office.

In addition, law enforcement has conducted statistical analysis to identify areas with traffic safety concerns in an effort to reduce crashes and make streets safer. Overall, this effort has resulted in more than 200 arrests.

Phase One of Operation We Are CLE began on April 23, 2018. The initiative operated within concentrated areas of the city. This successful operation is now being implemented city-wide. Phase Two of the operation is currently in effect and results will be announced as it progresses.

“This was basically put on to make sure the bad actors out there know we’re on to you. We’re going to track you down,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams. “This is just Phase One. We’re going to keep the pressure on.”