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Cleveland police investigating accusations that recruits cheated, sources say

August 2, 2018

Cleveland police investigating accusations that recruits cheated, sources say

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A number of Cleveland police recruits are under investigation for possible cheating during training they’re required to take before they become full-fledged police officers, according to four police sources.

The cheating allegations center around several recruits’ conduct during training, according to three police sources. However, the sources’ account of the number of recruits at the center of the investigation differ. 

Cleveland police Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia confirmed that there is an active internal investigation into the recruits, but declined to give specifics of what investigators are probing.

The sources said that since the officers are still considered “recruits,” that the Cleveland Division of Police could fire them depending on the outcome of the investigation. 

The city could also elect to discipline them once they’re full officers, or do nothing if the investigation finds no wrongdoing. 

Cleveland is trying to beef up its police force by some 150 officers by the end of the year and 250 by the end of March 2019 after voters approved a half-percent increase to the city’s income tax.

The current academy class began July 2. It is one of four planned recruit classes for 2018.

This is a developing story.

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