SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — The city of Shaker Heights has installed a new police chief.
Wayne D. Hudson comes to the job with decades of experience in law enforcement. He's eager to jump into the community, as well as help combat crime that has been plaguing the area.
Hudson replaces Jeffrey DeMuth, who retired following a 33-year career in the Shaker Heights Police Department, the last six years of which he spent as chief. As far as changing the force, Hudson doesn't believe that there's a lot that needs to be done.
"When we look at what they are doing as far as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)," Hudson told 3News. "The mayor (David Weiss) brought in a new DEI person (Colleen Jackson) a few years ago and they are doing phenomenal things things that other cities across the nation aren't doing but should be doing."
Hudson arrives in Shaker Heights having most recently served as Deputy Sheriff of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Nebraska. While Shaker has it's share of crime, Hudson is looking at the problem from a regional standpoint and is eager to work with surrounding departments.
According to the website Bestplaces, here's how the crime rate in Shaker Heights compares to Douglas County as Hudson assumes his new role:
- Douglas County violent crime is 13.0 per capita. (The U.S. average is 22.7)
- Douglas County property crime is 27.5. (The U.S. average is 35.4)
- Shaker Heights violent crime is 13.9. (The U.S. average is 22.7)
- Shaker Heights property crime is 34.7. (The U.S. average is 35.4)
In particular, Hudson will have to work hard to help bring the property crime number down.
"The formation of more police officers doesn't mean the crime rate is lower," he explained. "What I'm going to do is connect with the community more."
A community beyond Shaker's borders.
"I think I'm going to bring my love for community involvement, my love for community engagement," he said. "That's where I'm going to make the connection for all parts of the community."