CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Judge Carolyn Friedland ruled in favor of the City of Cleveland Friday, allowing Cleveland police cadet training to move to Columbus.
The ruling lifted the temporary restraining order she issued last week, which blocked the city’s plan to move training to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Training Academy.
Friedland said the city’s police union failed to prove moving training would cause “irreparable harm” to cadets or violates any laws.
Friedland also said the city is obligated to providing the best security possible for the Republican National Convention next summer and comply with the U.S. Department of Justice’s consent decree.
In order to do that, she said training should start immediately.
“Granting injunctive relief would stagnate Cleveland’s ability to satisfy these additional security obligations and would not therefore be in the public interest,” she said.
Cleveland’s leaders opted to move the training from their police academy after a federal investigation found the city’s police officers are poorly trained.
After today’s ruling, Police Chief Calvin Williams said the state’s academy is among the “best in the country.”
The move also saves Cleveland money. The academy has a federal grant to pay for the officers’ training.
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