Cleveland Heights City Council approved an agreement with University Heights to share bomb squad resources at Monday’s meeting.
The agreement means that University Heights will provide police officers to help the Cleveland Heights Police Department’s bomb technician respond to bomb threats. In return, the Cleveland Heights bomb squad will respond to threats in University Heights.
“There’s no reason for more than one city to have all the equipment,” said Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson, adding that the team is not dispatched very often.
Shaker Heights Police Department already provides a bomb-sniffing police dog to the team.
“I hope this is just the beginning of cooperative services,” said Mayor Ed Kelley, “to a more regional approach, not just to save money but also to provide better services to our residents and visitors.”
The agreement was approved unanimously and took effect immediately upon passage.