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Cleveland makes big changes in its police force, but all are internal moves
McGrath is now safety director, Williams is now chief

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:

Major – and surprise -- changes took effect this morning among the top brass of Cleveland’s safety forces.  Safety Director Martin Flask is becoming a special assistant to the mayor.  Police Chief Michael McGrath is the new safety director and Assistant Chief Calvin Williams is the new chief.

The changes take place as the city is awaiting word on federal and grand jury investigations into the high speed chase in November 2012 that ended with police firing 137 shots, killing an unarmed couple.

The new chief, Williams, has been with the department for nearly 28 years, and his roles have included overseeing the city’s community policing effort. He says he’ll work to increase public confidence..

11007          WILLIAMS              “in this division”                :27

“We will increase the transparency of the division by making sure that people understand our procedures and everything’s on the table. And then, of course, we’ll complete the review process with the Department of Justice. Our mission is to provide services through PRIDE, and PRIDE stands for professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence. And those aren’t just words. We will live PRIDE in this division.”


Williams says the department will also focus on officer safety and well-being, and is working on officer-worn body cameras and reporting systems from cruisers.


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