City of Cleveland to sell police headquarters building to Cuyahoga County

Posted at 10:49 PM, Jun 05, 2017

Cleveland City Council approved legislation to sell the police headquarters building within the Justice Center complex to Cuyahoga County for $9.25 million.

Meanwhile, the city is looking for new headquarters space near downtown with easy accessibility and parking.

"The per diem rate is going to go up to $99, up from $84, which we approved a couple of years back,” said City Council President, Kevin Kelly. “It’s going to be better in terms of efficiency and how we treat inmates. That is a good use of government resources. It’s a more efficient way to run that operation of government. And there are rap's being crafted for a new police headquarters. It’s important that it's downtown, it’s important that it’s near the courthouse, it's important that it’s close to city hall."

Council also approved transferring the responsibilities of Cleveland’s House of Correction to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, including booking, fingerprinting, DNA testing, lodging and other duties.

"For over 15 years we have talked about, in one shape or form, embarking upon a real metropolitan plan. Inmates who have mental issues," said Ward 8 Councilman Mike Polensek. “Working with the individuals that are being arrested to find out exactly what their problems are."

There will be a 270-day transition period during which time the inmates at the House of Correction will be transferred to the county.