CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Chief of Police, Lester Fultz, who makes $152,000 annually hadn't been a fully certified police officer in years. As Per the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Fultz didn't have the training hours needed to perform the functions of a certified peace officer.
That is - until our investigative team started looking into the lapse of training two months ago.
Chief investigator Carl Monday sat down with Anchor Tiffani Tucker about the process of following this investigation.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office told Cleveland 19 News Fultz lacked 15 hours of total training. Of those hours, four were needed from 2015, and 11 were needed from 2016. His commission was sent into a "cease function" mode until his training was up to date.
Fultz could only perform administrative duties. He couldn't male arrests, traffic stops, or take reports. He could only make a citizen's arrest, like any average Joe without a badge.
After two months of investigating Fultz's lapsed training and obtaining documents from the AG's office confirming, we reached out to the chief on Wednesday, March 29 for a comment on his training, as well as Cleveland Schools. We have not heard back from the chief.
On March 31, the Ohio Attorney General's Office contacted us to say that Chief Fultz is no longer in a "cease function" mode, having completed his missing training hours after our inquiries were made to the AG's office back in February and to CMSD headquarters and to Fultz.
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