Efforts in place to up police protection in light of recent violence in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio  — Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed is continuing his push for more officers on the streets, as the city is awarded a $1.9 million grant to hire more cops.

Last summer, Reed proposed the addition of 200 officers. Last week, he urged city leaders to use $1 million from the city's rainy day fund to at least cover overtime.

"Unless a miracle happens, and we all wish a miracle happens, this city will reach 100 homicides for the second straight year in a row," Reed said at a Monday council meeting. "Building new hotels, building new bridges, has not stopped the fact that this city for the last five years has averaged 88 homicides."

The move comes amid a rash of violence in the city. That includes the shooting deaths of Ramon Burnett, 5, and Major Howard, 3.

Meanwhile, it was announced Monday that 11 northeast Ohio police agencies were awarded a total of $5.4 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Justice to hire or rehire police officers through its Community Oriented Policing Services office.

As part of that, the city of Cleveland received a grant of $1.9 million to hire 15 officers. The competitive grants allow departments to hire or rehire officers who engage in community policing and covers the cost of an officer's salary and benefits for three years.

Canton received money for eight officers, while Mansfield and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority each received a grant to hire four officers.

Other communities that received grants are East Cleveland, Barberton, Boardman, Massillon, Austintown, Milton and Northfield.


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