Violent Fugitive Task Force: 32,000 captured so far

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CLEVELAND -- It's the largest program of its kind in the nation and next month the Violent Fugitive Task Force will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

WKYC sat down with U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot to talk about how successful the task force has been over the years.

Time flies when you're fighting crime. U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot has seen the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive task force change over time.

It started with a few departments in the Cleveland area now it has over 125 departments and about 350 assigned to the task force.

Formed ten years ago in memory of slain Cleveland police officer Wayne Leon, the task force pools resources from many agencies to go after criminals. The partnerships work.

They have arrested about 32,000 violent fugitives across Northern Ohio and WKYC has been happy to assist the task force through its "Fugitive of the Week" segments.

Tips from the community have led to many captures of violent fugitives like Nate Summerfield, the Ashland man who killed his estranged wife in North Carolina.

A nationwide program, "Project Safe Surrender," had its start right here in Cleveland with the task force.

For felons that don't turn themselves in, Elliot has a message:  "It doesn't matter where they are or where they hide, the men and women of the task force will be after them and they will capture them."


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