CLEVELAND - The FOX 8 I TEAM has found thousands of criminal cases not getting investigated in one Cleveland Police detective bureau.
Just one detective now is currently handling hit and run cases for the Accident Investigation Unit. In short, unless a case involves a death or serious injury, it is unlikely to be followed up.
Through May, figures provided to the I TEAM by the city show 2291 hit-skips. 105 of them solved. And the figures show a backlog of more than 1300 cases.
The unit is budgeted for 4 detectives, but staffing has dropped as officers have not been replaced as they’ve left. One retired weeks ago.
Bill Hoover recently found someone pushed his parked car into a pole overnight and did significant damage before taking off. Hoover disappointed he’s not had any police follow-up investigation.
Councilman Jeff Johnson was taken aback by our findings. He said, “First of all, you gotta challenge the administration. The more that the public understands it's not fulfilling its responsibilities in the area of public safety, the more the public has to realize that it has to speak up.”
Councilman Brian Kazy is now asking about staffing in all detective bureaus.
And Council Public Safety Committee Chairman Matt Zone says he’ll bring this up at a hearing before the end of summer with questions about this for the chief.
A spokesperson in the chief’s office did not respond to requests for comment for this story.