COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - We visited the Ohio State Police Training Academy to see what the cadets were doing first hand.
The days are long and the setting is militaristic. Up at 5:30, lights out at 10 or 10:30.
Now we've learned that of the 44 six failed the written exam. Yet they will participate in graduation and CPPA President Steve Loomis isn't happy.
"This goes right back to you know every kid gets a trophy you know, listen you failed the test," Loomis said.
Loomis has long been a critic of sending cadets to Columbus for training. He says claims it saved money will be proven wrong, and the exam failings
prove him right.
"We've never had six people fail the written exam," Loomis said.
Make no mistake, many of the cadets have excelled. According to a statement from the city, those that haven't will return to the Cleveland for more study, then retake the test. A second failure means termination.
"We haven't had to deal with that since 2002 because our instructors are fantastic," Loomis said.
Other cadets will return as well for six weeks of getting used to Cleveland policing. Typically it is nine weeks. Loomis believes it is necessary because
the Columbus training in things like fingerprinting a crime scene won't be used by young officers.
One of the questions is where will the recruits -- whatever the number -- be sent once they graduate? Will they be sent into what could be the fray of
the convention downtown, or station in the neighborhoods where the frays been going on for years?
"What we need is, we need to know how to deal with mental patients," Loomis said.
Graduation is Friday morning.
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