EDGE is a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team comprised of officers from Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Euclid, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, and University Heights police departments. Early in 2014, the Euclid SWAT team and the Eastside Department Group Enforcement (EDGE) team began training together. 2016 marked the second full year of the integrated team serving these communities.
EDGE, led by team commander Lieutenant Rick Friedl from the South Euclid Police Department, currently has 49 members.
EDGE conducted an unprecedented (72) operations in 2016. This is a significant increase in the number of operations in 2015, (40). Some of these were done working in conjunction with other agencies like South East Area Law Enforcement (SEALE), the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force, Cleveland Division of Police, the FBI, and the DEA.
EDGE members also attended the four-day Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) conference in Sandusky, Ohio, in May of this year. In addition to regular bi-monthly training, EDGE participated in a full week of training in October at the FBI Hostage Rescue Team Headquarters in Quantico, Va.
EDGE entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Cleveland and was an integral part of keeping the 2016 Republican National Convention a safe and peaceful event. The EDGE team worked as CAT (Counter Assault Team), a quick reaction force tasked with responding to active shooters, or weapons calls. The Team worked in conjunction with the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Western Enforcement Bureau, numerous federal agencies and out of state police departments.