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Judge Friedland expected to rule on police training debate Friday (Source: WOIO)

The City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association met for a second day in court amid concerns about whether police cadets should train in Columbus with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The question is whether Cleveland violated city code and city charter when entering into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the OSHP to train the police department’s 135th cadet class in Columbus with state troopers instead of at the Cleveland Police Academy.

Police Chief Calvin Williams and Public Safety Director Michael McGrath entered testimony supporting the MOU because training is already underway for officers under the Department of Justice‘sConsent Decree, as well as preparation for the Republican National Convention in 2016.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety retained a grant that would offer free basic training to fifty Cleveland police cadets. The cadets would train in Columbus for four months, then return to Cleveland for an additional four to six weeks of training specific to Cleveland.

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