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Council vote expected Wednesday on academy class

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati City Council is set to vote Wednesday on two items intended to bolster the police department. Council's law and public safety committee discussed Tuesday to have a new police academy class of 55 cadets to begin in January.

However, local Fraternal Order of Police President, Kathy Harrell, said any gains from new recruits will be wiped out by attrition.

The city currently has 1,017 officers and it is said that 118 more officers are needed.

Discussions of an additional 2016 recruit class occurred on Tuesday, but at this time it is unclear how the city would pay for the extra class.

"The police and public safety should be the city's number priority because without that nobody's going to ride your streetcar,” said Harrell.

Harrell said she's never seen morale as low as it is now in the police department because of the staffing shortage.

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