Mayor Jackson Disappointed in Police Training Cuts Proposed in 2018-2019 Ohio State Budget

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Update to broader statement on additional proposed cuts      

CLEVELAND – Mayor Frank G. Jackson today released a statement expressing disappointment in the proposed cuts in the 2018-2019 Ohio State Budget. The cuts will affect continuing education programs and training programs for police officers:

“If the proposed budget provision is passed, the Cleveland Division of Police would lose the ability to offer any specialized training for officers over and above the minimums required by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).  

This would harm job safety outcomes for Cleveland’s 1,461 police officers and the costs of these eliminated trainings are over $100,000 per year.

The trainings offered through this program have included: Community Policing Techniques training, leadership training, and 4th Amendment training and other classes as needed. This training has been offered to Cleveland Police Officers for the last five years. 

This budget provision is clearly anti-police and would prevent Cleveland’s Police Officers from getting vital training that keeps both the community and officers safe.”

Mayor Jackson also released a statement June 21 with additional objections to the proposed budget.  

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