Mayor Frank G. Jackson today administered the oath of office to the 143rd Cleveland Police Academy class. The 56 patrol officers – who were sworn in at a ceremony at Cleveland City Hall – will be assigned to neighborhood districts on basic patrol.
“Congratulations on your graduation from the Academy,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Public service is an honorable profession and it is the greatest opportunity to impact the lives of individuals, families and communities.”
Also on hand to congratulate the cadets were Council President Kevin J. Kelley (Ward 13), Council Safety Chair Matt Zone (Ward 15), Safety Director Michael McGrath, and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams.
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, and I want to welcome them to the Division of Police,” said Chief Williams. I’d also like to remind the public that the Division of Police is actively recruiting and hiring more officers.”
Thanks to the passage of Issue 32, the Division of Police was able to hire more than 200 police officers in 2018 and anticipates hiring an additional 100 officers and holding two additional academy classes throughout 2019. The new officers will expand the ranks to just over 1,600 serving neighborhoods across Cleveland. Those who wish to apply may do so by completing the police application here