The next police academy for the Toledo Police Department will begin on Tuesday, October 15. Sixty five cadets were slated to be in the class. On Wednesday Police Chief Derrick Diggs announced that a $1.25 million grant from the Department of Justice will allow the department to add 10 more cadets to the class. "As a result of these 75 new officers hitting the streets in 2014, the Toledo Police department will be able to implement its new Community Corridor Initiative," Chief Diggs said.
The targeted corridors are Lagrange Street, Cherry Street, Main Street, Broadway and Sylvania Avenue. Acceptance of the grant must be approved by the Toledo City Council. At-large councilman George Sarantou says the Community Corridor Initiative is a good idea. "Business owners have told me that they want a police presence in the neighborhoods, just as residents have said they want a greater police presence out in the community," Mr. Sarantou said.
The federal grant will pay for 75% of the wages of the additional ten officers in their first three years of service. Chief Diggs says the Community Corridor Initiative will function as a compliment to the Data Driven Policing Initiative, which combines intelligence led policing with community policing practices and utilizes the latest technology and problem solving methods.