Cleveland Metroparks Rangers increase visibility along lakefront

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With the summer here and attendance rising along the lakefront, Cleveland Metroparks Rangers are again increasing visibility to enhance security and service to park guests. Guests visiting the lakefront over the next several months to enjoy the weather, to swim or to attend popular events such as Edgewater LIVE or Euclid Beach LIVE, will notice several Ranger Divisions helping maintain safety and security.

Ranger Divisions represented along the lakefront include the bike patrol team, mounted unit, K-9 unit, marine patrol unit, as well as on foot, all-terrain vehicles and plain clothed patrols. Cleveland Metroparks Ranger department will also be collaborating with neighboring law enforcement agencies. In addition to their law enforcement duties while on-site, Cleveland Metroparks Rangers are there as a resource for answering visitor questions and assisting guests.

Park visitors are encouraged to participate in the “If you see something, say something” national campaign.
For injuries or medical response call: 9-11
For emergencies within the Park District call: 440-333-4911
For information or non-emergencies contact: 440-331-5530
“We can all help keep our parks safe by paying attention to our surroundings and reporting suspicious activity to Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department,” said Interim Ranger Chief Richard Svoboda. “While our Rangers will be patrolling the lakefront and parks all summer long, informed and alert visitors can help play a critical role in keeping our park safe.”

Established in 1917, Cleveland Metroparks Rangers are state-certified law enforcement officers who exercise full police powers in the commission of their duties. Rangers are on duty 24-hours a day, year-round. Ranger Headquarters, located in Fairview Park, Ohio, dispatches the department’s 90 officers from 12 field offices positioned throughout the Park District.

In early 2018 Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department again received top accreditation for maintaining public safety standards from The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Created in 1979 as the first independent law enforcement credentialing authority, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) is the most widely recognized accrediting body in Public Safety. The Ranger Department is one of just six park district law enforcement departments to be accredited nationwide by the independent commission.

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