Cleveland Public Power Student Apprentices Suspended for Scrap Metal Theft

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

CLEVELAND – Two Cleveland Public Power (CPP) Student Apprentices were suspended for their involvement in the theft of scrap metal. During an investigation completed by the Cleveland Division of Police (CPD), both confessed to taking a total of $915.58 worth of scrap materials from job sites, apologized for their actions, and accepted responsibility. As a result, CPD is holding charges in abeyance, allowing the two individuals an opportunity to continue in the Student Apprentice Program.

“After conducting our interviews, each individual was honest about what occurred and we gained a better understanding of their situations,” said Andrew Ezzo, Sergeant, Environmental Crimes Task Force.

While the two Student Apprentices are not currently facing criminal charges, they have been disciplined through the City’s administrative process, which included:

    • Serving a 20-day, unpaid suspension
    • Paying restitution for the materials taken
    • Signing a Last Chance Agreement
    • Participating in the City’s Diversion Program through the Community Relations Board
    • Meeting regularly with a job coach
    • And providing community service through CPP’s coordinated effort.

CPP’s Student Apprentice Program provides graduating seniors from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) an opportunity to train, apprentice, and transition into full-time employment with CPP. Started more than 10 years ago, nearly 100 CMSD graduates have been hired through the program, many of whom have gone on the be productive full-time employees in various skilled positions.

“The Student Apprentice Program is designed to provide young people with an opportunity to learn and grow in a professional environment,” said Robert Davis, Director of Public Utilities. “Based on the intent of the program, and the fact that Cleveland Police are holding off charges, we think it is appropriate to provide these two young people with a second chance to become productive employees and citizens.”

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