Chief Calvin Williams announces cold case squad

Cleveland Homicide Review Task Force

(Cleveland) - The City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the FBI are teaming up to create the Cleveland Homicide Review Task Force, combining efforts to track down suspected killers. 

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says the task force will work at their Justice Center headquarters, and members will be seasoned detectives from the FBI, the sheriff's department, and the city's homicide squad. The FBI is also providing a crime analyst.  

Some Cleveland police detectives will be deputized by Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney in order to have jurisdiction throughout the county.  

Members of each law enforcement agency assigned to the task force will work together to solve unresolved homicides within the City of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

“This initiative will go a long way in helping us reduce violence, particularity homicides in the City of Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank Jackson. “It would allow us to bring closure and with that closure potentially identify those involved in multiple instances of violent crime.”The task force will consist of sworn members of law enforcement.“

The Cleveland Homicide Review Task Force will be a great asset to our investigators in the Homicide Unit. Solving these unresolved cases will bring closure to countless family members and loved ones,” said Chief Calvin Williams.

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).

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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