Friday afternoon 49 police officers and one fire investigator were sworn in during the 140th Cleveland Police Academy graduation ceremony at city hall by Mayor Frank Jackson, Safety Director Michael McGrath and Chief of Police Calvin Williams.
The 49 officers will be assigned to basic patrol in various neighborhood districts.
“As the 140th police academy class graduates today, we are working to ensure better policing in our neighborhoods,” said Jackson. “In taking their oath, these 49 patrol officers and one fire investigator are fulfilling my commitment towards real reform and providing better quality of life for all Clevelanders.”
Cleveland police officials said they anticipate the hiring of around 150 officers during 2018 and an additional 100 officers in the first quarter of 2019.
“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 Williams. I’d also like to remind the public that we are actively recruiting and actively hiring more officers.”