Cleveland police training boosts focus on pursuits

CLEVELAND (AP) — Safety officials say the annual in-service training for Cleveland police is focusing more on handling pursuits in the wake of a November chase that ended with officers fatally shooting a driver and passenger.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/11hGGfZ ) reports an attorney for the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association raised concerns about the quality of training after 12 supervisors were punished in connection with that chase. One supervisor was fired, two were demoted, and nine were suspended.

Attorney Patrick D’Angelo says police chases are complicated and require comprehensive instruction. He says the November chase involving 60 patrol cars revealed a lack of training.

City safety officials say a commander is now teaching a class on pursuits as part of officers’ in-service training. That class had not been offered recently.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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