Fellow Toledoans,

As many of you know, the City of Toledo experienced an increase in senseless violence during the last few days. The tragic, cold-blooded double homicide of Gregory Stone and Deiyana Porter yesterday leaves family members mourning and raises concern throughout the neighborhood.

Enough is enough – as a community we cannot stand for this senseless violence. For those with knowledge of these homicides, SPEAK UP. For those with knowledge of young people with firearms, SPEAK UP. Your Toledo Police officers continue to put in long hours investigating these unnecessary deaths. Toledo Police have and continue to make concerted efforts to work with our state and federal partners to target violent offenders. A small percentage of the population is responsible for the majority of violent crime in this city. Prosecutors are also working with Toledo Police officers to ensure known violent offenders remain behind bars. With that said, this is a community problem that cannot be solved without community action.

Please get involved in making our city safer. If you know something, say something. If you aren’t involved in your neighborhood Block Watch, reach out. If you are able and willing to be a mentor to an at-risk youth, find one of the many fine not-for-profit organizations serving this community and volunteer.

Gun violence is a serious concern, not only in Toledo but nationally. However, with that said, overall shooting incidents and overall crime remain down in the City of Toledo this year compared to 2016 and 2015. Toledo Police officers have put themselves in harm’s way by seizing almost 1,000 firearms in 2017. The STOP program, which focuses on targeted enforcement and community outreach, has been successful in: arresting 394 individuals; making 3,582 non-adversarial community contacts; and visiting 53 schools where officers greeted students and parents with gun safety material. In addition, your Toledo Police officers have volunteered their time to teach over 1600 elementary school students what to do if they find a firearm through the officer-led not-for-profit Feet on the Street.   

I want to thank you for your continued support in the fight against crime. We receive numerous crime tips daily and appreciate those who already devote much of their time to help the department in our efforts. For those who have been silent, we cannot ensure safe neighborhoods without your help – we urge you to speak up and say something. Together we will stop these senseless homicides in our community.

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Mid-year 2017
It’s hard to believe 2017 is half over. We have been working very hard to keep all Toledoans safe, to increase transparency, improve the quality of our policing methods, and boost the number of officers on the street.

There have been fourteen retirements this year and we anticipate ten to fifteen more by year’s end. As of this morning (July 11th) we have 639 sworn officers at TPD. This includes the forty cadets who just started the academy. The class was not actually supposed to begin until December of this year. However, because of Mayor Hicks-Hudson’s leadership, the class was moved up to July.

Moving the start date up was critically important. If this did not happen, the new officers would not have graduated until June 2018. But, because they started this month, they will be on the street in January and will be fully qualified by the time next summer arrives. Our new class of cadets is comprised of:
  • 28 White Males (70%)
  • 3 White Females (7.5%)
  • 5 Latino Males (12.5%)
  • 2 Black Males (5%)
  • 2 Black Females (5%)
  • 35 Males (87.5%)
  • 5 Females (12.5%)
I have said many times, demographically we are not where we need to be. That being said, with this class having a combined 30% of women and people of color, we are making great strides in moving forward. Also, with the department changing the way we hire and recruit, I am committed to increasing TPD’s minority hires and promotion numbers to a level that more closely represents our community.

As for Toledo’s current crime statistics (compared to the same time period in 2016):
  • Auto Theft is down 2%
  • Burglaries are down 10%
  • Commercial Burglaries are down 17%
  • Robberies are up 0.2%
  • Shooting incidents are down 13%
  • Thefts from Motor Vehicles are down 23%
  • Homicides are up 100% (10 in 2016…..20 in 2017)
As you can see, crime in Toledo is down rather dramatically. However, twenty homicides are unacceptable. Many of this year’s homicides seem to revolve around gang violence and drugs. In fact, our officers have confiscated 684 guns from the streets of Toledo. If this trend continues, 200 more guns will have been removed than last year. Additionally, our officers have confiscated more than $11,000,000 (street value) of drugs.

The S.T.O.P. initiative was developed to address gun violence in Toledo. Even though this is not a numbers-driven plan, the results are impressive:

291 arrests                                               
2,114 non-adversarial contacts made

213 on-view charges                                     
558 traffic citations issued

7 guns seized                                                 
43 home visits conducted

14 search warrants executed                        
41 schools visited

526 warrants cleared                                     
113 gun locks distributed

Additionally, we recently began the latest Toledo Citizen Initiative to Reduce Violence (TCIRV), which is intended to address gang violence. Once the plan has been in operation for a period of time, I will send out updates to the community.

We have ordered enough body worn cameras to equip all officers in the Operations Division (officers answering calls for service).  Our goal is to have this completed by the end of the 4th quarter this year.

Community engagement continues to be a priority of mine. Getting officers out of their cars and into the neighborhoods will happen more and more as we increase the numbers of officers employed. The Chief’s Advisory Board will continue to meet and host town hall meetings in an effort to increase community participation in the running of the department. In very short order, the Citizen Satisfaction Survey report that the University of Toledo has been drafting will be released to the public.

I want to again thank the citizen’s of Toledo for their support. The men and women at TPD are committed to not just putting criminals behind bars, but to also improve the quality of life for all of our residents. I see this commitment every day and, as always, I am proud to be able to call myself the Chief of Police for the City of Toledo.
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