Mayor Cranley Welcomes New Police Officers

July 3, 2014

Mayor Cranley Welcomes New Police Officers From 'Lateral Transfer' Recruit Class

Total Of 19 Officers Begin Work On Saturday

Mayor John Cranley is pleased to announce the Cincinnati Police Department’s “lateral transfer” recruit class graduated today from the police academy.

The 19 graduates from the class will be paired with veteran Cincinnati police officers and begin work Saturday, July 5. That’s when they will be assigned to the Cincinnati Reds’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The graduates then will be paired with their permanent police coaches and begin street patrol on Sunday, July 6.

Cincinnati’s lateral transfer recruit class consists of experienced law enforcement officers from other agencies in Ohio. The seasoned officers took part in an expedited training process to acquaint them with the Cincinnati Police Department’s policies and procedures.

In addition to the lateral transfer class, a class comprised of 60 new recruits will be held later this year.

"These recruits will be a welcome addition to the Cincinnati Police Department," said Mayor Cranley. "I'm committed to bolstering the department’s ranks and giving them the resources and support they need to do their jobs."

Besides the recruit classes, Mayor Cranley led the effort to increase police overtime in 23 crime hotspots; and added more resources to the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), which targets the most active and violent criminals in the city.

So far, violent crimes have decreased citywide by 19 percent, compared to the same period last year. That includes a 22 percent reduction in aggravated assaults, a 20 percent reduction in robberies and a 6 percent reduction in rapes.

For more information, contact Kevin Osborne, Director of Communications, at 513-516-1966.