Chief Craig's request to skip the test denied

Chief Craig's request to skip the test denied

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig's challenge of an Ohio ruling that he must take a peace officer exam has been denied.

The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission denied Chief Craig's application on Thursday.

Craig contends that he completed the training in the state of California years ago when he was a rookie officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

"California POST requirements exceed that of Ohio's OPOTC (Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission)," said Craig. "So where, I might ask, does it say that I arbitrarily sit through 30 hours of class, which I did, and then take a 200 question police officer exam? I'm just trying to understand it."

Vernon Stanforth, the commissioner of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, says to be a certified police officer in Ohio, you have to have 582 hours of training.

The commission says applicants can receive a credit for training they completed in another state and they've given Chief Craig 552 hours of credit. The commission says Chief Craig only needs 30 more hours of training.

"We actually look for any comparison to our curriculum and if we find that if it's even close to being comparable we give them that credit," said Stanforth.

He says even retired FBI agents who want certification don't get that kind of break.

"Even when we have a veteran police officer that asks us to consider for out-of-state comparison, the typical hours are almost 200 hours that they would have to actually sit in Ohio in a classroom and take," he said.

Craig believes his time would be better spent working, rather than studying for the test.

According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, an exception has never been made.

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