Cleveland: Mayor's plan to hire police veterans has dropouts

5:47 PM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson and police brass came up with an innovative way to get more veteran police officers fighting crime on the street.

They reached out to veteran officers in other departments to come work in Cleveland.

But of the 25 officers who were to be part of the program, six are already gone.

Four decided not to enter the so-called "lateral" entry class at the police academy that began April 15. Since the sessions started, two have dropped out.

Those remaining will become Cleveland police officers and be on the street by mid-June.

A spokeswoman for the mayor had no explanation for the seemingly high attrition rate.

Starting pay for the veteran officers would be the same as a rookie cadet graduating to the street $45,904.


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