Another storm could be brewing between Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and Akron's police union.

Mayor Plusquellic joined the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show to detail his reasons for wanting to streamline the police department by creating an anti-violence operations unit.

He says it's in an effort to better protect the community while working with a realistic budget and staff size, but he believes the FOP's current president is spreading a different story with negative information against a cross-training initiative.

The city has filed an unfair labor practice complaint charging the comments were misleading.

"Stop listening to the bologna out there and look at what I've attempted to do. It is: provide better service to the citizens and help support the officers who are out there everyday," Plusquellic said.

1590 WAKR's Ray Horner will interview guest FOP President Paul Hlynsky Wednesday at 9 a.m.

In January, the mayor announced the new unit was needed to better communicate about serious violent crimes in the city.

During the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, Plusquellic said he found working examples of cross-training.

The biggest problem he says he faces is perception and insists he'd love to hire additional officers.

"We're also trying to better use the personnel we have," he said. "That I think is vitally important in this world that we live in with federal and state cuts coming at us faster than I've ever seen."

In one example, Plusquellic described the narcotics unit's shift as an issue to address.

"Do you think it's fair to you, that we have had many, many, many, weeks and months of having no narcotics undercover officers in the evening? They get off at 4 o'clock," he said.

Plusquellic said he'd like to share other examples of inefficiencies in the near future.

"We need to do things now to expose this and there's other things that I'll be bringing out to the public to be able to get them to understand the real truth," he said. 

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FOP President Hlynsky Re-Elected Handily

Paul Hlynsky has been re-elected as FOP President by members of Akron's Fraternal Order of Police -- and by a wide margin.

Results aren't official until Lodge 7's official counting later tonight, but AkronNewsNow has learned Hlynsky received overwhelming support over 62% of the vote over challenger Dan Gump.

This comes ahead of new contract talks with the city later this summer, and pits two familiar faces in the next round of Akron's police contract talks.

That's because Mayor Plusquellic -- who was just given a seventh term in office -- has seen plenty of the long-time FOP President who now starts his own eighth term in office. Both have had legendary battles, but last year's scrapping apparently did Hlynsky no harm as he won handily unofficial vote tallies after heavy voting by FOP current and retired members.

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