Police Academy Graduates

New officers will be assigned to neighborhood districts on basic patrol

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

Photographer: 
City of Cleveland Photographic Bureau