Cincinnati's Police Chief has gone to court to prevent having to take a state exam. Chief James Craig filed the appeal in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission is the defendant.
The organization requires recruits to undergo 500 hours of training and take a 200 question test. Most of the training has been waived for Craig but earlier this month the Commission told him that he must take the test.
You must take the test. That's the ruling from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig challenged a requirement that he take Ohio's standard police exam. But Thursday the commission ruled his decades of police work don't exempt him. During an interview with WVXU just hours prior to the decision Craig remained resolute, he won't take it.
It’s been one year since James Craig was sworn in as Chief of the Cincinnati Police Department. During that time the city’s homicide rate has dropped 27 percent and violent crime overall has decreased by seven percent.
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Cincinnati's police chief reports the department's new Taser policy should be released in a couple of weeks.
But James Craig said there's no discussion about of not using them.
“You discontinue use of the Taser, what’s the alternative?” Craig said. “We don’t want officers hurt, they need to overcome resistance of an aggressive suspect, so that means side handle batons or straight sticks and again they create and cause more injury to suspects.”