Public Safety & Justice Services Mission Statement: The Department of Public Safety & Justices Services’ mission is to provide a wide range of public safety and justice services to residents and first responders of Cuyahoga County, while embracing current and new technologies in the public safety field.


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The Cuyahoga County Department of Public Safety and Justice Services (PSJS) was established by the County Executive and County Council to provide for the public safety and justice service needs to first responders and the community as a whole.  The Department of Public Safety and Justice Services is made up of six divisions. Descriptions of the divisions can be found below.


Administration

The Administration Division manages the day-to-day operations of the Department of PSJS.  The Division includes the Office of the Director and all PSJS Fiscal Staff.  The Administration Division works closely with all divisions within the Department to make sure it is functioning at the highest level possible and supporting the mission of the Executive.  The Director sets goals and objectives for the Department and works with each Manager to ensure all performance expectations are met.  The Administration Division is also the conduit between the Department of Public Safety and Justice Services and the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Justice.   

 

Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management works in tandem with community partners and stakeholders to provide support and response to natural and man-made disasters.  The Office also supports preparedness efforts at the County and jurisdictional levels in the form of planning, training, and operations. 

The Office of Emergency Management also houses the Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS).  CECOMS is responsible for answering all cellular 911 calls in Cuyahoga County and transferring them to the right dispatch center.  CECOMS also works closely with the Office of Emergency Management to support emergency response, preparedness, and planning efforts.

 

Witness / Victim Service Center

Since the passage of the Victims' Rights Act, victims of crime have been entitled to certain consideration in criminal litigation.  They are entitled to notice of all hearings, a right to be heard, and to be accompanied by an advocate through the entire judicial process.  These are the core services upon which Witness/Victim was founded.  Since its inception, the Witness/Victim Service Center has expanded to comport with more modern notions of justice system advocacy, recognizing that much more is needed.  Staff assists victims in preparing victim compensation claims, preparing petitions for civil protection orders, and referrals to community agencies as needed.

 

Mediation

The Office of Mediation provides custody mediation services to families in Cuyahoga County.  Mediation is a voluntary process in which the parties develop their own parenting plan with the help of a mediator. The mediator is a neutral third-party who encourages parents to discuss the issues concerning their children and to help them reach an agreement. The parties control the outcome and they can communicate their feeling with each other directly, in a safe environment. The outcome of the mediation is limited only by the nature of the problem and the ability of the parents to work together for their child’s best interest.