John Pavelich Interview, 19 March 2008

John Pavelich, Chief of University Circle Police Department, has worked for the department since the 1970's. He describes how private police departments are organized, and specifically talks about the history, funding, procedures, and concerns of the UCI police, as well as their working relationship with the Cleveland Police Department. UCI police, act as "ambassadors," to the public in the University Circle area, reducing crime by educating the public in safety issues. He describes the police response to student protests in the late 1960's and 1970's and the relative quiet campus of Case Western Reserve University. Public education, added security and car garages have all helped to reduce crime in the area, which Pavelich describes as "one of the safer areas of the city," He also talks briefly about Little Italy, the Hessler Street Fair, and Playhouse Square.

Participants: Pavelich, John (interviewee) / Calder, James (interviewer)
Collection: University Circle
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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University Circle is home to many of the city’s oldest and most respected institutions: Severance Hall, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Case Western Reserve University to name just a few. Since 1970, University Circle Inc. (UCI) has coordinated development in the area. These interviews with UCI staff, community activists, and local residents and workers in the University Circle area, conducted by students as part of a CSU Provost-funded Undergraduate Summer Research Award project led by Drs.…