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New cadets join Cleveland Police

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

19 Cleveland Police Officers have taken the oath to serve and protect as part of the first Lateral Transfer Academy Class in the history of the Division's Police Academy.  All 19 officers join Cleveland Police after leaving careers with other police agencies.

Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath is impressed with the sacrifices the officers made in leaving established careers, "Some spent as long as 14 years at these other agencies, they gave up all that seniority to come to Cleveland and start over again, and that's pay wise, so financially they made a lot of sacrifices to do this," said McGrath.

As the new officers join the force, the Cleveland Division of Police has decided to take dead aim at gun violence in the city. 12 current officers will move into the Gang Impact Unit as detectives. Currently, there are only six detectives working in the Gang Impact Unit, and now there will be 18.

"Our gun violence, not just in Cleveland, but across the country is pretty severe, I think, and this was Mayor Jackson's commitment to provide additional resources to directly impact the gun violence we've seen in the city," said McGrath.

Commander Gary Gingell, who commands the Gang Impact Unit for the city, says the additional detectives are welcome help, "It's a strain on everybody from the victims to the families to the officers investigating it, we're hopeful we can make a big impact here," he said.

The new gang unit detectives will go through about two weeks of training, the officers sworn in as part of the new Academy class will replace them on patrol.

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