City of Toledo police class gets the nod, despite budget troubles

Reported by Rob Wiercinski
Posted by Kate Oatis

TOLEDO -- Budget troubles will not keep the City of Toledo from initiating its new police recruit class, reports News 11's Rob Wiercinski.

"There is no plan whatsoever at this moment to cancel the police class or push it back," says City Council member Mike Collins.

According to a recently retired TPD officer Richard Murphy, hiring 30 recruits will merely make up for departures.

"There's been at least 17 officers that have left the department either through resignation, retirement or left the department since the first of January," says Murphy.

But opinions vary on whether the city should be hiring new officers at this time.

"I think I see them all day long, so I think there's plenty of them," says Scott Snyder, who believes the class ought to be canceled.

Despite tight economic times, Collins says the city should not turn to the men and women in blue to save a little green.

"If we have to make sacrifices in order to maintain the integrity of the police class, then those are sacrifices we're going to have to make," Collins says.

That sacrifice -- training 30 recruits -- is to the tune of about $1 million a year.