CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says he's making good on his promise to add more cops to the streets.
More than 20 former members of various Ohio police departments have accepted a job in the Queen City and will begin training on May 12, said Cranley spokesperson Kevin Osborne.
Once the "lateral transfer" class of 23 passes an exam and graduates from training they will report for duty July 7.
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In addition to the seasoned officers, a class of up to 60 new recruits will be held in Fiscal Year 2015, which begins on July 1.
“We promised to add cops to the streets and we are,” Mayor Cranley said. “Help is on the way for our neighborhoods.”
Earlier, administration officials said sworn staffing levels were at a 17-year low of 954.
Those lateral transfers will hit the streets as patrol officers, while experienced Cincinnati officers will fill a new gang unit. The city used a similar plan in 2004 when it hired 12 laid-off officers from Cleveland.
While the department on-boards the transfer officers, it will have to wait a bit longer for the recruit class. Civilian-to-officer recruit classes usually last 26 weeks, with an additional 12 weeks of field training, the department said.
The department is also streamlining some of its administrative work and handing the duties over to civilians. That would allow some officers to get back to the streets.
Officials said the department is looking at creating an online reporting system for the public to file police reports not requiring police response, such as lost property, certain theft reports and criminal damaging.