Police Academy Graduates

Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s efforts to reduce violence in Cleveland continues with administering the oath of office to 42 police cadets at the 135th Police Academy Graduation Ceremony held in City Council Chambers on Lakeside Avenue. Committed to improving the quality of life in the City of Cleveland, Mayor Jackson was joined by Cleveland Public Safety Director Michael McGrath, Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams, Cleveland City Council Members and other public safety and elected officials for congratulatory remarks at the ceremony. The newly sworn police officers were also accompanied by their families and friends. 

In addition to Councilman Matt Zone (Ward 15), Public Safety Committee Chair, and Commander Daniel M. Fay providing brief remarks, the Outstanding Graduate and the Art Schwelgian and Tom Horan Leadership awards were presented before graduates received their completion Academy Certificates. 

This class of graduating cadets trained under the new guidelines requiring each cadet to receive 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training from the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County on how to respond to incidents involving people in crisis. Additionally, these new police officers have undergone a series of requirements including evaluations, background checks, physicals, psychological exams and a vigorous training program that focused on the Cleveland Division of Police’s policies, rules and operations. This will increase the number of officers devoted to fighting crime on the City’s streets.

Photographer: 
Ruggero Fatica