On Friday, September 27th, at 1:00 PM, about 200 Police Officers descended onto Progressive Field in Downtown Cleveland. There were Chiefs and officers of all ranks and genders who were gathering to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force which is a part of the US Marshall’s Service.
Peter Elliot who is in charge of the Northern District of Ohio of the US Marshalls, began 10 years ago to solicit help from Northern Ohio Police Departments who send their officers to assist the Marshall’s Service in serving warrants and arresting violent fugitives. Since that time, literally hundreds of felons have been taken into custody keeping us all safer.
It was my privilege to attend this event with Lt. Brian Turner who is our representative in this unit. We gathered to have a group photo taken to commemorate the 10 years. Sitting and then standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow Chiefs and officers brought home to me the fact that when we pool our resources we can accomplish so much more than we can by ourselves. Police work truly is a fraternity that can have its own rewards.
Michael T. Lazor, Chief of Police