Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams (along with other local law enforcement officials) announced the creation of a new homicide review task force Tuesday morning.
Officials say the task force, which will include representatives from city, county, and federal agencies, will hopefully make it easier to solve cases and bring closure to families.
"They're not going to be limited to a certain time frame or certain scope," Chief Williams said. "Their task is to review all the homicides that happen here in this part of Northeast Ohio to make sure that we're using every resource possible to get those solved."
The task force will be used to solve both older cases using new evidence and technology, and also current cases, with agencies assisting each other in the process. For example, some Cleveland police officers will also be deputized with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, in order for them to work cases outside their jurisdiction.
"This is all about partnerships," Chief Deputy George Taylor said. "Without partnerships, relationships don't do anywhere."
Jackson's opponent in November's mayoral election calls the news of the task force, "too little, too late. Councilman Zack Reed has been complaining about homicide staffing for five years and ripped Jackson for not taking action sooner.
"We're talking about 100 killers still on the streets," Reed told 'The Investigator,' Tom Meyer. "And it took 5 weeks before an election for him (Jackson) to step up and say we're going to put together a task force."
Anyone with information regarding criminal incidents is asked to contact police at (216) 621-1234. Anonymous information can be reported via Crimestoppers by calling (216) 252-7463 or via text message: text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).