Police retention has been debated in the OIB comments section for years. The city trains them, they drop anchor for a while and then sail to other departments minimizing the investment. Acting Chief Rebeca Garcia is examining ways to maximize tenure.
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
Since April the city has been recruiting new police cadets through a campaign dubbed “Make the shift.”
Now, Acting Chief Rebeca Garcia is also looking into whether she can require new officers to stay for a specific period of time so the city gets its money’s worth from the costs of training them. On average, it costs up to $40,000 to train each officer.
… But the acting chief is now recommending Bridgeport impose a new contractual restriction on future recruits preventing them from transferring out of Bridgeport to other departments for around five years. She informed the City Council of her idea in April and confirmed last month to Hearst Connecticut Media that she still wants to do it.
Full story here.