Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $986,293)
Proposal submitted by the: City of Cleveland,
Entitled: Buckeye-Woodhill Safety Collaborative (BWSC)
BWSC is supported by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio who also coordinates regional involvement in PSN.
Target areas include the Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhoods of Cleveland: Boundaries are: Mt. Overlook/Larchmere to the north; Lamontier/Forest to the south; Woodhill to the west; and North/South Moreland to the east. Total population 7,305. Zip codes 44104 and 44120, census tracts 1193.00, 1194.02, 1195.02.
Northern portion of the target area, Woodhill Homes, was recently designated a Choice Neighborhood.
BWSC is aware of two potential federal awards overlapping all or some of the target area. Woodhill Homes was awarded Choice Neighborhood funds to renovate/rebuild the public housing estate and create a mixed-income community. Regional law enforcement agencies participate in PSN under the direction of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Funding for PSN is not specifically designated to the target area.
Quantitative data analysis will be conducted quarterly by The Begun Center (CWRU), using data mined from the Cleveland Division of Police (metrics: felonious assault, narcotics, enforcement, weapons) and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office (metrics: violent crimes as tracked by the Crime Strategies unit). Data will be captured for trend analysis and mapping. The BWSC proposal creates a Data Analyst Community Engagement Support Function (new position, Begun Center) to assist police in analyzing street level enforcement data (i.e. data-driven policing/patrols). Qualitative/perceptional data will be captured twice a year via surveys conducted at intervention activities.
BWSC goals include: to reduce crime; to increase mutual trust and engagement between law enforcement and the community; and create community collaborations to improve safety. BWSC’s implementation phase activities will be solidified during the planning process, but include (not a full list): expanded communication between police and community; forums for police-community interactions; promote resident voice and connect individuals to revitalization efforts; assist police in analyzing street-level data to respond to shifts in crime and violence; provide consistent, high-quality violence interventions that are culturally competent and cognizant of inter-generational trauma.
Initially identified crime issues include: community violence, weapons possession, property crime, and loitering.
A full-time coordination is in place and works under the supervision of the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland.
Cleveland has a long history of establishing sustainable funding through local philanthropic/foundation supports.