Cleveland cadets leave for new type of police training in Columbus

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A bus load of Cleveland police cadets left for Columbus Wednesday morning for training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy.

The cadets said goodbye to family and friends and boarded the bus at the Cleveland Muni Lot.

Friday, a judge ruled that Cleveland can move the training of police cadets from the city to the State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus.

City Hall says the state academy maintains higher standards than the Cleveland Police Academy. The city is trying to change the culture in the police department, and Mayor Frank Jackson said that will start with better training.

Police Chief Calvin Williams was there Wednesday morning to send the cadets on their way.

"It's not a question of they're getting training that's a lot better," he said. "They're getting training that is different, and the State Patrol Academy is ranked as the No. 1 academy in the state and among the best in the country."

The Cleveland Police Union opposed the move in part because of how it would impact single parents. Cadets will board a bus each Sunday evening and be away from home until they return to Cleveland each Friday night.

After 16 weeks in Columbus, they will continue their training here in Cleveland to learn specific procedures of the Cleveland Police Department.

Williams said the cadets will be on the streets before the Republican National Convention in July.

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