The organizers claim that violent crime is rising dramatically in Shaker Heights. Is this accurate?

With regard to safety, overall, “Part 1” or serious crimes have decreased steadily and significantly in Shaker Heights since the mid-1970s, with the last seven years seeing the lowest numbers of Part 1 crimes since 1959. Despite the proponents’ statements to the contrary, there is no surge in violent crime in Shaker.

Citing the website, Neighborhood Scout, the proponents claim Shaker is “now more dangerous than nearly 40% of American cities." However the proponents ignore the subsequent statement by the same source, Neighborhood Scout, “… compared to other communities of similar population size, Shaker Heights has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, Shaker Heights is actually safer than most according to Neighborhood Scout’s exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.”

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1. What is a Charter Amendment exactly?
2. What are the Charter Amendments being proposed for the November 2023 ballot?
3. What changes would these proposed Charter Amendments bring?
4. What would the proposed Nonviolent Community Administrators Team do?
5. The proposed Charter amendment calls for unarmed mental health workers and medics to take over traffic stops and other types of police calls. Is that safe?
6. Doesn’t the City’s new Mental Health Response Team handle mental health-related calls already?
7. What would the proposed Civilian Police Oversight Board do?
8. Doesn’t the City already have a Chief DEI Officer?
9. What would the proposed Digital Public Records Repository entail?
10. The organizers claim that violent crime is rising dramatically in Shaker Heights. Is this accurate?
11. The organizers claim the proposed Charter amendments do not dictate laying off police officers. Why does the City believe it would be required to lay off these officers?
12. What are the costs associated with implementing these proposed Charter amendments? How did the City develop these costs?
13. The Charter amendment proponents say costs for implementing the proposed Charter amendments could come from the City’s reserve. Are there reserve funds available for this?
14. How has the police budget changed in recent years? The organizers have claimed it’s increased by $6 million?
15. Would all of the Charter amendments proposed by this group need to be implemented exactly as written, or is there room for interpretation? [Continued]