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Cleveland Division of Police announce arrest of 50 violent offenders during 'Operation Clean Sweep'

'Operation Clean Sweep' was a month long initiative that focused on apprehending violent offenders with active warrants.

CLEVELAND — 50 individuals labeled as "violent offenders" were arrested today according to an announcement made by Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, Chief Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard and Police Chief Wayne Drummond.

The arrests were made as part of "Operation Clean Sweep", a month long initiative that "focused on dangerous offenders with active warrants related to crimes of violence." 

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The operation took place for just over a month from August 26 through September 28.

“Thanks to the excellent work of CPD and our multi-agency partners, our streets are safer than they were a month ago,” said Mayor Justin M. Bibb. “This operation is a perfect example of how we leverage our partnerships and work collaboratively for a safer Cleveland. We are grateful for the hard work of everyone involved in this effort.”

The individuals arrested were wanted for such crimes as aggravated murder, felonious assault (shooting), aggravated robbery, drug trafficking, aggravated burglary, rape and kidnapping.

“Members of the Cleveland Division of Police continue to provide the City of Cleveland with excellent service and dedication, as is evidenced by the results of this multi-agency law enforcement effort,” said Chief Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard. “I extend my gratitude for the efforts of the investigators involved. As always, law enforcement will continue to combat violent crime to protect and serve those who live in, work, and visit Cleveland.”

Along with the Cleveland Police Neighborhood District's Violent Crime Reduction Teams (VCRTs), the Gang Impact Unit and Narcotics Task Forces, "Operation Clean Sweep" was able to confiscate five firearms as part of the month long operation.

“I am extremely proud of the results of ‘Operation Clean Sweep’ and of the efforts of our investigators and officers,” said Police Chief Wayne Drummond. “Here in Northeast Ohio, we are fortunate to have the support of our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, and assistance from those agencies was instrumental in driving this successful effort. I want to thank our partners for their continued assistance.”

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