- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Parking lots located behind Cleveland’s historic West Side Market will soon be patrolled by armed security guards during business hours.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (https://bit.ly/1OywoU6 ) Cleveland City Council on Monday authorized the city to spend $86,000 a year on the security detail, replacing a pre-existing contract with Willo Security for unarmed guards.

City officials say the new armed guards will likely be off-duty Cleveland police officers.

Deputy Commissioner Susie Claytor says the contract will cost more since police officers have extensive training and the power to arrest individuals.

Claytor says the decision to approve armed guards is simply a preventative measure, not because of an increase in crime.

Councilman Joe Cimperman, the Market District’s representative, says he looks forward to more ordinances aimed at improving parking in the neighborhood.

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Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, https://www.cleveland.com

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