CLEVELAND (AP) — Space being used as staging grounds for police in Cleveland during next month’s Republican National Convention will serve as a home base for downtown patrol officers during the next five years.
Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/25JJGHV ) reports city council passed legislation Monday allowing the city to accept the free office-retail space for police use. The space is beside a hotel on Public Square.
The council’s Public Safety Committee chairman says it’s similar to mini-stations created in the 1990s to connect officers and residents and help authorities better understand crime in neighborhoods. Officers worked out of special offices at recreation and other neighborhood centers, but those mini-stations were closed in 2005.
Several council members upset about the downtown space say if mini-stations are being reopened, it should happen in downtrodden, poorer neighborhoods first.
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