Problem that required cop to guard new Cleveland police building to be fixed

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CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I-Team has learned the back door of a new police building should finally be fixed next week. It's a problem that, at times, has taken patrol officers off of your streets.

The door serves as the officer entrance in the rear of the new  Cleveland Police Third District headquarters. The building opened late this summer, but there's been a problem with key fobs for officers.

As a result, the division of police has occasionally had officers assigned 24/7 to sit and guard that door instead of going on patrol. The city said, when possible, the department tried to assign officers there who are on restricted duty and not allowed on patrol.

However, the I-Team reviewed police schedules and found instances of cars not on patrol due to lack of personnel.

Cleveland City Hall issued a statement, saying the delay in fixing the problem was tied to developing a solution. Now, a new system will be installed at that door. The city says the repairs won't cost taxpayers. Instead, the building contractor will pay.

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