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Gary Lewis Jr., new Chief of Police for the Cleveland State Police Department, spoke at his swearing in on Sept. 17.

 

October 6, 2015

University swears in new Chief of Police

By Madison Lomas

The new Chief of Police for Cleveland State University, Gary Lewis Jr., was sworn in Sept. 17, and says he is already looking forward to making a few changes in an effort to promote a safer environment for students.

Lewis is in his 23rd year in law enforcement as he has worked in various departments throughout Ohio.

He earned a master’s degree in criminal justice at Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in public safety management from Franklin University in Columbus.

One of Lewis’ most notable achievements was during his time as commander in Marion in 1998, when he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for talking an individual out of committing suicide.

With the unusual number of crime reports on campus this year, Lewis is already enforcing a new plan to help diminish the problem by working with the Cleveland Police Department.

Lewis spoke to the Stater in an email interview on Sept. 29 about his recent plan with the Cleveland city’s police department.

“Beginning this week, we have formed a partnership with the Cleveland Police Department that will increase officer presence at Cleveland State University,” Lewis said. “Officers will partner their efforts and share resources in their bicycle and foot patrols and the addition of marked patrol cars during peak evening hours.”

This safety initiative will be in action throughout the next few weeks, to see how it will affect crime percentages on campus, according to Lewis.

“The Cleveland State University Police Department continues to participate in and promote campus safety by providing a 24/7 law enforcement presence,” Lewis said.

They are continuously looking for connections between crimes reported at Cleveland State, but have not found any incidents to be linked, according to Lewis. Working with city police helps put more eyes and ears on campus, reducing chances for crimes to occur.

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