144th Cleveland Police Academy Begins Today

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Safety Director Michael McGrath and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams proudly announce the start of the 144th Police Academy class of the Cleveland Division of Police today, Jan. 28, 2019.  Fifty-four new recruits reported to the police academy today: 51 police recruits and 3 fire arson recruits.

The recruits were selected from a Civil Service exam for the position of patrol officer administered in 2018. Candidates underwent several tests and a comprehensive background check before being given a conditional offer of employment.  Those selected will be given over 1100 hours of instruction in police tactics, criminal law, community diversity and crisis intervention training.  Cleveland Police recruits will receive training specifically to prepare future officers to be responsive to the needs of the community. When the cadets graduate, they will be placed in police districts throughout the city’s neighborhoods.

Due to budget enhancements made possible by the passage of Issue 32, the Division of Police has exceeded its goal to hire 150 police officers in 2018 and anticipate meeting their goal of an additional 100 officers in the first quarter of 2019, expanding the ranks from just under 1,500 sworn members to just over 1,600.  The Division held five academy classes throughout 2018. Anyone who wants to apply can do so by completing the application here.