Columbus City Council Will Not Delay CPD's Next Recruiting Class

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The next graduating class of Columbus Police recruits will not be delayed from beginning training this June, after a proposal from Columbus City Council was defeated on Monday.

Council President Shannon Hardin led the effort to re-allocate $2.5-million from the department, which would delay the next class of recruits, until more reforms in the CPD could be implemented.

That proposal did not have enough support from the rest of council. Hardin said he was not going to sacrifice the entire city budget for the one topic, so an amendment was added, putting the funding back into the recruiting class.

Council will now vote on the city budget at their next meeting, on March 1st.

Other council members cited the need for more officers on the streets, as crime continues to set records across the city. Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson also noted this class of recruits is the most diverse in the city's history.

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