Police officials said their decision to ask the Ohio State Highway Patrol to increase patrols in the city is not typical, but was a necessary move in the wake of two fatal, back-to-back weekend shootings in October.
"It was what was needed for that time period," said Warren Police Lt. Jeff Cole. "We asked for their help because of specific events that were happening at that time."
Almost two months after the city asked for OSP's assistance, state troopers "officially" have closed their "case" on the matter.
Troopers search a pair of men in Niles last May during a joint patrol. OSP?and local departments have a history of cooperation.
Investigation notes, released to the Tribune Chronicle after a public records request, indicate that the state patrol's Warren Post in Southington continues to provide assistance to Warren police "on an as-needed basis."
The OSHP report, which outlines troopers' efforts in the city after the shootings, also states that "units from other post assignments have returned to their regular duty assignments."
Tensions went high in the city after Taemarr Walker was fatally shot by a Warren police officer Oct. 19. Walker's shooting was followed one week later with the Oct. 26 fatal shooting of Richard Rollison IV. Tashawn Walker, the brother of Taemarr Walker, was charged with murder in Rollison's death and is waiting to stand trial. OSHP was called in to assist the day Rollison was killed.
The numbers: Warren patrols
Days Ohio State Highway Patrol increased police presence with extra patrols in Warren
Calls OSP responded to with Warren Police between Oct. 26 and Dec. 23
State troopers assigned to each patrol car in the city
Incidents handled by OSP over two-week period, including one week before involvement in Warren and one week after involvement begins in Warren
Number of incidents handled in one week by OSP earlier in October, before involvement in Warren
Source: Ohio State
Highway Patrol report
The period immediately after the shootings was marked by threats against Warren police officers, threats of violence at the city schools and increased reports of gunshots.
State patrol Sgt. Ron Schneider said Warren police asked for help Oct. 26 to provide a stronger police presence in the city after the shootings.
"We documented our activity in the city at that time, but our involvement really was to assist city police, to be available and provide additional patrols," he said.
OSHP units were called in from several posts including Canfield, Lisbon and Ashtabula.
The number of state patrol units assigned to patrol the city steadily decreased as the need subsided, he said.
OSHP reported that during the period of "civil unrest," troopers responded to 17 calls with Warren police.
Trooper notes indicate that the OSHP report was initiated just hours after Rollison died "to document significant events" involving troopers "during a time unrest" in Warren. According to the report, Warren police asked OSHP for help "in responding to critical incidents" in the city after Taemarr Walker's shooting.
OSHP units started patrolling the city at 5 p.m. "to increase visibility of law enforcement." OSHP units were asked to "patrol the city for visibility purposes only" and "respond to assist" Warren police "as needed."
Two troopers were assigned to each patrol car. Updates on the "evolving situation" were reported to OSHP every 30 minutes.
OSHP reported that the Warren Post handled 428 incident Oct. 12 to Oct. 18 and 1,187 Oct. 19 to Nov. 2.
OSHP Lt. Brian Holt, Warren Post commander, said the incidents were not just inclusive of Warren because there is no precise method to extract the data for just incidents created within the city. He said the numbers are inclusive of all OSHP activity generated in the Warren Post.
The OSHP report was closed Dec. 23. The final note in the document dated that day reads, "No further action taken."