Case Western Reserve University and University Circle Inc. (UCI) today announced a joint agreement on the future structure and coordination of public safety and policing efforts in the area. Following more than six months of discussion and study, the two organizations decided the most effective approach to security for both the campus and University Circle is to support two separate police departments that will work collaboratively and cooperatively with each other.
"We appreciate the willingness of University Circle Incorporated to work together with Case to fairly address the needed upgrades in the university's police services," said John Wheeler, Case vice president for regional affairs. "Our continued partnership approach should result in more effective security for our campus and University Circle neighbors—and begin to set a new national standard for community policing."
Under the terms of the joint agreement, Case will continue to contribute funding to UCPD at current levels, as well as underwrite its own police force. In turn, UCI has agreed to explore offering police coverage for additional areas at the boundaries of the university campus and the community. The two organizations intend to work together on shared service opportunities for dispatch, training and auto maintenance, among others, pursuant to a joint operating agreement that will maximize service coordination while achieving operating efficiencies and significantly enhance overall security coverage through the University Circle community.
"We are confident that this arrangement will continue to meet the policing needs of the many UCI member institutions, while recognizing the unique, large scale considerations that Case faces," said Chris Ronayne, UCI president. "As University Circle experiences tremendous growth, all circle institutions must work together to provide for the safety of the entire University Circle community. We are extremely grateful to the University for this extraordinary contribution to the continued safety of University Circle."
Beginning in September, Case will transition its 24 campus security patrol officers to a department of 15 sworn patrol officers and 9 security patrol officers. These sworn officers will be authorized to carry arms and arrest and detain suspects as necessary. Members of the Case Police Department will have undergone criminal background checks and psychological testing in addition to more than 600 hours of certified police training. The deployment of 15 Case police officers will double the number of sworn patrol officers deployed within the University Circle area exclusive of the Cleveland and Cleveland Heights police departments.
Beyond the Case campus, University Circle Inc. will build on its successful nearly 50-year service delivery by deploying officers throughout the University Circle area from East 105th Street to Wade Park to East Cleveland and Cedar Road.
University Circle Inc. (UCI) is the central advocacy, service and development organization established in 1957 to help manage the growth of University Circle into one of the world's premier urban districts.
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