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Solon's police chief selected as Cleveland's first police inspector general

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 13:25:03-04

CLEVELAND — Solon Police Department’s Chief of Police Christopher Viland has been selected to serve as Cleveland’s first police inspector general, according to Mayor Frank Jackson’s Office.

“This position is one of many changes set forth in fulfillment of the Consent Decree and I remain fully committed to implementing them all,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

The mayor’s office said that the civilian position will be responsible for ensuring that the Cleveland Police Department complies with both federal and state laws. The position is also responsible for “monitoring, reviewing and auditing policies and practices” of the police department.

“Today we are one step closer to achieving our goals to reduce crime and better ensure public safety while also working to improve the relationship between the City’s police Division and the communities they serve,” Jackson said.

Viland accepted the job on Monday. In addition to his police background, Viland holds a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is an attorney.

“Mr. Viland comes to us with an extensive background in law enforcement, with long term experience as Chief of Police of the Solon Police Department. Furthermore, his extensive experience practicing law will bring an additional layer of expertise which will help the Division to continue to make necessary changes while striving for excellence,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.