A Commitment to Equity and Transparency
We know that for some people in marginalized communities, the word "police" isn't always synonymous with feelings of safety.
For example: Black and Latine people, research shows, disproportionately experience use of force from police, are far more likely to be stopped for potential crimes and, for Black individuals in particular, are proven to be treated with significantly less respect by officers than their white counterparts. People with mental health or substance use disorders are more likely to be arrested, and arrested repeatedly. And members of the LGBTQ community are much more likely to be arrested and incarcerated than straight people—in fact, they are overrepresented at every level of the criminal justice system.
In Case Western Reserve University's Division of Public Safety, we are committed to providing a safe, resilient and inclusive environment for all. Critical to achieving those aims: accountability and transparency.
That's why we've created this dashboard to show exactly who we are and what we do—the kinds of calls to which our officers most often respond, as well as the demographics of our staff and the communities we serve.
This is just one of many efforts our division is initiating toward improving accountability and transparency, such as body cameras, a campus community review board for civilian complaints, a co-responder program to address mental-health concerns, and providing our officers with tasers (and appropriate training) to give an alternative to guns.
Together, we hope these efforts—and others to come—will help our division build trust, deepen partnerships, and fairly and justly serve our community.
Most Common Service Types
Overall, Case Western Reserve University's Division of Public Safety police and security officers completed over 7,000 responses in 2022 (Q1-Q4); below, we've outlined the most common types.
Calls of Community Interest
These calls have been identified based on community feedback, national and local trends, and frequently asked questions.
|Medical Attention Request||76||46||90||75||287|
* Based on reports taken by CWRU PD
City of Cleveland Population*
The City of Cleveland population is broken into six ethnic categories by percentages. There are 47.6% African American/Black residents, 39.7% white residents, 11.9% Hispanic/Latine residents, 2.6% Asian/Pacific Islander residents, 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native residents, and 5.8% of residents reported as being two or more races.
CWRU Population (includes students, faculty, and staff)
|American Indian/Alaskan Native||3||3||8||0.1%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0||4||9||0.1%|
|Two or more races||3||17||510||3.9%|
Public Safety Gender
There are a total of 88 public safety officers on campus. Of those, 68.1% or 60 officers are men, and 31.8% or 28 officers are women.
Police and Security Ethnicity
Of the 88 police and security officers, four ethnicities are represented. 53.4% or 47 of the officers are of African American/Black, 44.3% or 39 officers are white, 1.1% or one officer is Hispanic/Latine, and 1% or one officer is an Asian/Pacific Islander.