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LMPD hiring its most officers in more than a decade

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A record year of violence in Louisville has LMPD looking to hire the most officers since the county merged with the city in 2003.

“We’re trying to fill the spots as fast as we can,” said Sgt. Clayton Elliot with LMPD Recruitment and Selection.   

The department already has funding for 122 officers this fiscal year, and Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing to hire 28 more.

Recruits have to train for a year to complete the process, spending half in the academy and the other half on patrol with an experienced officer.

While the number of openings has gone up, LMPD says the department is getting more applicants.

“The first of July, it was open for six weeks," Sgt. Elliot said. "We had nearly 670 applications in six weeks. In six days here, we’ve had 367. That’s a pretty high turnout."

LMPD has changed the requirements to help increase the number of applicants. The department prefers recruits with a four-year degree, but that is not required.

“We have changed the requirement to eliminate the 60 college credit hours, and some of the reason for that were there were people who wanted to serve, but they had other, different type of schooling," Sgt. Elliot said. "There were some people who had been to trade school that didn’t qualify before."

The latest recruit class graduates on Friday, and the next one begins in February.

New applicants applying now will not be able to get into the academy until June. To learn how to apply, click here.

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