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New Cleveland Police Officers, but where have all the women gone?

Cleveland Police Academy graduation ceremony. (WOIO) Cleveland Police Academy graduation ceremony. (WOIO)

35 new Cleveland Police rookies just graduated the academy, but of the last 79 officers joining the force, there was only one woman. So we took a look at why.

Over the years, Cleveland Police have made a big push for diversity. But suddenly, so few women.

The Chief says one big reason is that the fitness standards have become tougher, including weightlifting. Cleveland Police are now following standards used by many other departments.

So the next time the city puts out a notice about hiring more police, they will let folks know ahead of time what to expect.

Police spokesperson Jennifer Ciaccia says, "We're going to be taking steps to get everyone better prepared."

She adds that could include posting examples of fitness requirements on YouTube and more.

Some more cadets are already in training. In that class, there are 51 officers and four of them are women, right now.

The Cleveland Police Department includes more than 1,500 total officers, and department-wide, about 14 percent are women.

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