Community engagement and community policing practices are at the forefront of what SHPD does on a daily basis. In fact, the SHPD mission statement was recently updated to emphasize SHPD’s work “in partnership with the community” and the ongoing education and professional development of officers.
Here are some of the highlights of recent engagement activities:
Participation in Juvenile Education and Justice Programs
- Ongoing participation in the Community Diversion Program (CDP) to help divert low-level juvenile offenders from the juvenile justice system
Participation in round table discussions, panels with student groups
- Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
- The Getaway
- Shaker Reads
- Making Our Own Spaces (MOOS)
- Future Leaders of the World
- Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU)
- P.A.S.S. Program
- Teen Domestic Violence
Participation in community events, safety meetings, philanthropic events and with local nonprofit groups
- Moreland on the Move
- Fairhill Partners
- Shaker Library Roundtables
- Ludlow Neighborhood Association
- Lomond Neighborhood Association
- Campbell Court Resident Association
- Library Court Resident Association
- Little Free Library
- Coffee with a Cop
- Block Parties
- Served and attended senior and community shared meals
- Bellefaire JCB
- Department of Children and Family Services
- Juvenile Court
- Cleveland Police Department
- Panelist for ACLU event “Do You Know Your Rights”
- Panelist for Library event: “Life after Incarceration; A Community Conversation”
- Shaker Engagement Collaborative
- University School third grade clothing drive to support homeless shelters
Engagement with Shaker Heights Schools
The Community Relations Unit regularly attends dozens of meetings with representatives of the Shaker Heights School System. These meetings include exploring ways that officers could serve as liaisons to the student government; meetings with MAC Scholars; convening discussions to understand perceptions of police/community relations amongst juveniles. SHPD also sponsors Senior Projects at the Police Department.
Civilian Bike Patrol (seasonal) — Regular training for officers to become certified Police Bicycle Operators. In addition to being a criminal deterrent, bike patrol officers spend most of their time engaging with youth at parks, playgrounds and schools while encouraging bicycle safety
"Caught Doing the Right Thing" initiative — Participated in this program so that officers could issue positive impact tickets. Wendy’s restaurant in Shaker Heights donated 250 coupons for a free small Frosty. They were distributed with the "Positive Impact" tickets enabling officers to build relationships with the youth within the community.
“All American Boys” Book Chats with High School Students — In partnership with the Shaker Heights Library, SHPD officers participated in four book chats with high school students, parents and community members to discuss the summer reading assignment, “All American Boys,” a New York Times best seller.
Social Media Engagement — Extensively use social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter) and our webpage to provide timely, relevant, pertinent, factual and educational information to raise awareness about crime trends, crime prevention, police activity, practices and initiatives. This enables greater transparency and engagement with the community.
Citizens Police Academy (CPA) — Invites Shaker Heights residents and those who work in the City full-time to participate in a multi-week course to raise citizen awareness of police procedures and programs. The CPA alumni association continues to actively engage and support SHPD. It is one of the more robust CPA alumni associations in the state