Kaptur Announces Nearly $8 Million Awarded to Hire Cleveland Police to Combat Violent Crime

May 12, 2020
Press Release
Effort will link local police with federal task force

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) announced $7,968,944 in federal funding has been awarded to the Cleveland Division of Police by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) through its COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and Operation Relentless Pursuit. The funding will enable the Cleveland Division of Police to deploy sworn veteran officers to important task force duties and use the CHP funding to hire new recruits to back-fill those positions.


The objective of Operation Relentless Pursuit (ORP) is to combat violent crime by building federal cases against violent actors and their organizations. Officers deployed to Operation Relentless Pursuit (ORP) task forces as a result of CHP funding must be sworn, career law enforcement officers of the awarded agency, and their work on the task force must benefit their jurisdiction. In addition, they are required to work with their respective U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) and relevant federal agencies to investigate and prosecute suspects involved in gangs, drug trafficking, and other violent crime-related issues.


“These funds will allow the Cleveland Division of Police to deploy experienced, veteran officers to combat violent crime and strengthen public safety, while recruiting new officers to back-fill those positions,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Today’s announcement represents a key partnership between federal and local officials to keep our communities safe. At a time of great uncertainty in our country and around the world, resources like those announced today are more important than ever. I will continue to work hand-in-glove with Cleveland’s finest to ensure they have the support and resources they need to protect and serve our community.”