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CLEVELAND — Cleveland police responded to thousands of false alarm calls last year, something that city officials want to reduce this year.

Officials are beginning to come up with a plan to work on reducing the frequency of false alarms, which they say ties up police officers who may be needed for other emergency situations.

According to police records, last year city cops were required to respond to 23,890 alarm calls for service. Of the majority of those calls, 97.5 percent were false.

“This means that valuable police resources are misused when handling unnecessary alarm calls for service,” said Marty Flask, Executive Assistant to the Mayor for Special Projects.

Flask noted that to ensure officer safety, at least two uniformed officers are dispatched to every alarm call for service. A minimum of one 2-officer, or two 1-officer cars respond to check and determine if a crime was in fact committed.

Flask says he will be working with Councilman Matt Zone, and Safety Director Michael McGrath to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce the frequency of false alarms.

“I’m confident that working together we can develop a solution that enhances community safety, reduces the cost of operations, makes the best use of our limited police resources, and meets the needs and expectations of the citizens of our community,” Flask said.

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