Warren looking to hire additional police officers


WARREN

Forty men and women are signed up to take the civil service exam June 9 for entry level Warren police officer, possibly providing the department with enough candidates to bring the department up to its goal of 70 officers. It’s at 64 now.

“Forty, that’s a pretty good effort,” Atty. Dan Letson, chairman of the Warren Civil Service Commission, said Monday of the number of people signed up for the test.

The police department has had the money to hire more officers for more than a year but has struggled to find enough qualified candidates.

Capt. Jeff Cole told civil service commission members the department needs to hire at least six more officers to reach the level of 70 set by the city administration when it went to voters seeking an increase in the income tax in 2016.

Ereka Langford, civil service commission clerk, said 10 of the people signed up to take the test are female, and there appear to be a handful of minority candidates.

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