Toledo’s mayor launches office to engage community in public safety efforts

This is as homicides are down from this time last year.

Jaden Jefferson
1 min readMay 26, 2023
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TOLEDO, Ohio — It’s no secret that, at times, government and the people don’t blend well together. But in addressing the issue of gun violence and others currently facing our community, that shouldn’t be.

That’s why on Tuesday, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz made an announcement regarding the launch of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, with a goal of fostering a partnership with the community to strengthen the City of Toledo’s public safety efforts.

Leading this initiative, according to a press release from the city, is Malcom Cunningham, who has experience in community engagement, program design, and public health, which includes roles with ProMedica and the Zepf Center.

This is all a part of what Mayor Kapszukiewicz talked about during his 2023 State of the City address, where cleared up confusion regarding Cities United’s role in working with the city, which he says is truly about taking the talent and expertise already present in the Glass City and ensuring the lines of communication are open.

Toledo Police Chief Michael Treondle expressed his support during Tuesday’s press conference, which also included the announcement of a grant from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, which will allow the Save Our Community violence interrupter program to expand into area high schools.

With regard to Cunningham and his efforts, you’ll hear from him next Sunday, as he joins me on Community Focus.



Jaden Jefferson

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