Cincinnati city leaders will not fast track a new police recruit class, the Law and Public Safety Committee decided at a Tuesday meeting.
Some board members initially suggested a new police recruit class start by September. However, according to a memo from City Manager Harry Black, the best they can do is January. That is just one month earlier than currently scheduled.
Black says starting the class any earlier would create problems. The winter months make some required training difficult, including physical fitness training and also gun training, he said.
Background checks and psychological tests also can take weeks to complete. Plus, equipment such as Tasers and uniforms has to be purchased.
The city has applied for a federal grant to offset costs and to increase the number of recruits. If awarded, the grant would pay to hire up to 55 officers instead of the planned 40.