On the 2015 campaign trail, Joe Ganim promised to hire 100 new police officers for a department thinned out by retirements and departures to other communities. On Monday Ganim welcomed 26 new police recruits bringing him closer to his goal when they hit the streets following nine months of combined training between the police academy and in the field with seasoned officers. Video courtesy of Steve Krauchick, Doing It Local.
The larger question is, can the department stay ahead of attrition?
“My priority is public safety,” said Ganim in a statement. “When I first came into office, the Police Department was undermanned by more than 100 officers. So we immediately put a plan in place to hire new recruits. Early last year, I swore in the first class of 29 new officers. Then we followed with the second class of 24 new recruits which will hit the street in June. And, this week, Chief Perez and I commenced our newest class of 26 recruits.”
“We want the community to feel safe,” said Police Chief AJ Perez. “Our goal is to have more walking patrols and community policing throughout the city. With Mayor Ganim’s commitment and leadership, I have the manpower I need to protect our residents.”