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Many Clevelanders want police mini-stations back in their neighborhoods
The community policing tool is now in the mix of suggestions for a police-reform agreement
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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The Cleveland police mini-stations were closed 10 years ago to save money, but there's a push to bring them back and reconnect officers and neighborhood residents.
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A petition signed by more than 1,500 Cleveland residents to bring back police mini-stations is now in the mix of suggestions to fix the city’s police force.

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Rose Zitiello is director of the Westown Community Development Corp. and one of the originators of the petition drive to bring back the mini-stations. She says after they were closed in 2005, quality of life issues like barking dogs and loud parties increased in her neighborhood because the officers and residents lost a connection.

“Over time, the officers developed relationships with their residents. They knew who the people were, and people knew who they were. So there was a comfort level there, there was like that community engagement.”

Long-time mini-station advocate, Cleveland Councilwoman Dona Brady, helped start the petition drive. She believes the 90 roving community service officers who replaced the mini-station program could be redeployed to the facilities at no additional cost to the city. The call to reestablish the mini-stations was submitted to city officials and to the U.S. Department of Justice. They are working on an agreement for police department reforms.

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