Cleveland Police Union Sues City Over Training Academy Move

CLEVELAND, OH – The union representing Cleveland police officers has sued the northeast Ohio city over the decision to move its officer training program to Columbus.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports the lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association states the training academy move violates federal and state laws because the changes weren’t approved by the Civil Service Commission or city council.

Officials say the city and the Ohio State Highway Patrol agreed to start training Cleveland police recruits at the highway patrol’s academy in Columbus this fall.

The suit called the move bad for Cleveland and unfair to recruits, many of which “will be forced to drop out” because they can’t leave the city for several months.

A spokesman for Cleveland said the city won’t comment on pending litigation.

From The News Herald