- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say the New Haven Police Department is looking to add 60 officers by the end of the year.

Chief Dean Esserman tells the New Haven Register (http://bit.ly/1I8Gpos) this is the first year the department is hiring more officers than it’s losing. They hope to have new recruits in the academy by November.

The department employs 409 sworn officers, but has budgeted for nearly 500 sworn positions. More than 30 recruits are in field training and are expected to graduate in July.

Applicants must live within 20 miles of New Haven, be 21 or older, have a high school diploma, no felony convictions and must be a born or naturalized U.S. citizen.

The department has made efforts to recruit more minorities, women and people who live in the city.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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