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Working the Beat: Officer Jim Simone

Friday, October 17, 2008 at 9:00 am
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He was shot twice, run over and stabbed, and he’s killed 5 people in the line of duty. Cleveland police veteran Jim Simone is anything but average, even for a cop.
Some say he’s making the streets safer; others say he's too eager to resort to force. Officer Simone returned to work recently after a routine 90 day administrative suspension for fatal shots fired at a suspect fleeing a bank robbery. All previous shootings were deemed justified by police and citizen review groups. Simone isn’t afraid of bad guys – just of his life not having purpose. We’ll spend the hour with this inner city cop and take your calls on The Sound of Ideas®. Photo courtesy The Plain Dealer

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We received a lot of calls and emails about Cleveland Police Officer Jim Simone:

14 years ago, you were one of several officer's that were called to a home in Ohio City for a Domestic Disbute situation involving a gun. Only God knows that if it weren't for the Police arriving that evening at that time, my son (who was only 8 months old) would have been raised without his mother in his life. To this day I cannot ever thank you & the other Officers enough.
Recently in 2006 at a spaghetti dinner held at St. Rocco's Hall, I introduced my son to you via the late (God Bless her Soul) Cora Jaworski (The Warden) known to Second District Officers who have done the Juvenile Curfew Sweeps here in the Second District area. Since then my son has held a very High Respect and also regard for you and all police officers.
So I encourage you to Never STOP being such a GREAT Police Officer! Officer Simone, YOU are the Model for all future persons and Police Officers!

Georgia, Cleveland

Thank you so much for the insightful interview with Officer Jim Simone this morning. As a resident of Old Brooklyn, I have heard of Officer Simone and did not have a positive impression of him. Listening to him on the show this morning I was able to hear his side of things and come to a better understanding.
Again NPR comes through with the message that communication is truly the key to understanding. That’s why I am a sustaining member of your incredible station.
Keep up the very important work.


Regarding Jim’s comments on how he would run the police department, I am quickly convinced that he should be running the force. Maybe even the City. Way to speak frankly about the inefficiency of government.
Aaron, North Olmsted

My hat goes off to the men in blue.
Officer Simone, I wish your critics were half as transparent as you

This "officer" is in need of psychiatric help. Ask him if he has been seen by a psychiatrist!

I've never met him.
I've known "about" him for nearly 30 years, after moving to campus from Olmsted Falls.
I've lived in his "territory" for over 25 years now, and I know many, many people who have "met" him. Many were bitter about it - I think for being caught, more than anything.
In my neighborhood, Officer Simone is a hero. Life without Simone on the job is not something we want to think about.
Rumor is that he can retire, but chooses not to. Can he? When does he intend to? Just curious, as I may wish to make moving plans.
How does he feel about the death penalty? Does he think it works?
Is there something else he would rather be doing, than police work? Does he know what he will do after he inevitably retires?
Please thank him, on behalf of all my neighbors. Our world is a better place for his efforts.

Scott, Ohio City


Jim Simone, Cleveland Police Officer