January 18, 2019
New officers will be assigned to neighborhood districts on basic patrol
CLEVELAND – Mayor Frank G. Jackson today administered the oath of office to 37 patrol officers of the 141st Cleveland Police Academy class. They will be assigned to neighborhood districts on basic patrol. One class member, away on military leave, will be sworn in at a later time, bringing the total number of new officers to 38.
“Public service is an honorable profession but it’s not for everybody. I am pleased to welcome these new officers to the Division of Police,” said Mayor Jackson. “In taking their oath, these 38 patrol officers are fulfilling my commitment to providing a better quality of life for all Clevelanders.”
Also on hand to congratulate the cadets were Safety Director Michael McGrath, Police Chief Calvin D. Williams, City Council President Kevin J. Kelley and Council Safety Chair Matt Zone.
The recruits were selected following a Civil Service exam administered 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 respond to the needs of the community.
“These men and women have worked very hard to get to this day. I thank them for their willingness to serve,” said Chief Williams. “I’d also like to remind the public that we are actively recruiting and actively hiring more officers.”
This was the first Cleveland Police Academy class to train within the Cuyahoga Community College Police Academy at Tri-C’s Public Safety Training Center.
“Cuyahoga Community College is proud to partner with the City of Cleveland to train their outstanding police cadets,” said Clayton Harris, vice president of the Public Safety Training Center. “Tri-C is committed to providing the instruction needed for law enforcement professionals to perform at the highest level. These officers graduating today represent building blocks for safer streets, safer neighborhoods and a safer community.”
All of the safety forces within the city of Cleveland are actively recruiting. Those who wish to apply may do so by completing an application at the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cleveland. Photos of the graduation can be accessed here.