Cincinnati Police Chief fights test in court

Sep 26, 2012

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.

Craig, with 36 years experience in places like LA and Detroit, doesn't think this additional training will help him become a better leader. Craig's attorney David Pepper has said that the current requirement will put Cincinnati at a disadvantage when hiring outside the department.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says the purpose of the test is to demonstrate proficiency in all areas of training. No hearing date has been set in the case.