The 138th Cleveland Police Academy Graduates 42 Officers

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Safety Director Michael McGrath and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams today administered the oath of office to the 138th Cleveland Police Academy. The 42 patrol officers –who were sworn in today during a graduation ceremony at Cleveland City Hall –will be assigned to neighborhood districts on basic patrol.

“As the 138th police academy class graduates today, we are working to ensure better policing in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “In taking their oath, these 42 patrol officers are fulfilling my commitment towards real reform and providing better quality of life for all Clevelanders.”

The recruits were selected following a Civil Service exam administered in 2017 for the patrol officer position. Candidates underwent several tests and a comprehensive background check before being offered conditional employment.  They were given more than 1,100 hours of instruction in police tactics, criminal law, community diversity and crisis intervention training. As recruits, they received training specifically to prepare them to be responsive to the needs of the community.

“These men and women have worked very hard to get to this day, and I want to welcome them to the Division of Police,” said Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams.  I’d also like to remind the public that we are actively recruiting and actively hiring more officers.”

Due to budget enhancements made possible by the passage of Issue 32, the Division of Police anticipates hiring 150 police officers in 2018 and an additional 100 officers in the first quarter of 2019. The new officers will expand the ranks from just under 1,500 sworn members to just over 1,600. The Division is scheduled to hold four academy classes throughout 2018. Those who wish to apply may do so by completing an application at the following link:

Cleveland Division of Fire Now Carrying Lifesaving Mini CO Detectors

The Cleveland Division of Fire is now using new detectors to help them see an invisible threat: Carbon Monoxide (CO).

The miniature units are carried on the medical bags of the city’s 36 fire companies and alert first responders when they are in an atmosphere with dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide. The Division yesterday announced its use of the new equipment.

“The Cleveland Division of Fire has implemented a Mini CO Detector designed to detect carbon monoxide and it has already resulted in several lives saved,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

“These mini CO Detectors are an important new tool in our toolbox,” said Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo. “The symptoms of CO poisoning are often similar to the flu. These detectors ensure our members have the information they need to properly diagnose, treat and protect our citizens.”

The Division implemented the detectors in February 2018. Shortly thereafter, firefighters were dispatched to a business in the Lorain neighborhood for flu-like symptoms. The new mini CO detector alerted them to dangerously high levels of CO resulting from a blocked vent.

“We had the patients outside and ready for transport, but I had a hunch that we should check the CO level in the building,” said Lieutenant Michael “Sporty” Kilbane. “Sure enough, the building had a deadly level of CO. The detector may have saved several lives that day.”

The new detectors and other additions to the Cleveland Division of Fire are a result of Issue 32, which passed in November 2016. The tax levy increased the city’s operating budget by $80 million and allows–under the Mayor’s direction – an expansion of city services.

The Division of Fire plans several other enhancements in 2018, including new cadet classes and an upgrade to its computer aided dispatch system.