Below are two amazing stories that I discovered on my weekend trip to Cleveland. In one neighborhood, police teamed up with residents to shut down drug houses and gang leaders. The police went so far as to bring in all the gang leaders, tell them that they were going to be cracking down on their neighborhood, and have arrested those who didn’t listen. Neighbors even used police camcorders to tape drug deals and vandalism.
In another district, police and state troopers teamed up to crack down on escalating crime. Police used a specific type of grenade to blast open a front door to a known drug house. The blast is also helpful to police as it alarms those in the house, and gives police extra time before the residents can fight back.
I am in awe of Cleveland’s PD. Although other areas of the local government are completely falling apart (search for current corruption issues), the police seem to have no problems working with residents and other departments to get problems SOLVED. Why can’t the Richmond Police Department act similarly? Oh, yes, they would need to call another meeting to discuss ideas on how to stop crime!