Jay H. Hodge was named Case Western Reserve University Chief of Police in March, 2017 following a year and a half tenure as the department's Interim Chief of Police. His police career began at the East Cleveland Police Department in 1998. On September 1, 2006, Hodge became an officer with the Case Western Reserve University Police Department and has advanced through the ranks, serving as a Field Training Officer, Detective, and Sergeant.
During Hodge's leadership tenure, he has been working to re-energize the police and security department and advance its' reputation as a respected department through training, discipline, accountability, and stimulating creativity and growth. Hodge is committed to building the police department's internal and external relationships by focusing on strong customer service. It is one of his goals to make CWRU Police Department one of the top university police departments in the State of Ohio.
Chief Hodge holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Capella University, an associate's degree in criminal Justice from the University of Akron, and is a graduate of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Basic 98th Police Academy.
Jay is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Gamma Alpha Sigma Graduate Chapter, William T. Boyd Lodge #79 PH F&AM, And Prince Hall order of A.E.A.O.N.N.S. Shriner, Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association, and NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Executives) and Lee Memorial A.M.E. Church.