PHOENIX - The Phoenix Police Department announced on Monday they are planning to hire 300 more officers to join their team.
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia on Monday said 100 officers will be hired each year for the next three years.
Garcia said the last time the city hired new officers was in 2009.
In 2009, Phoenix had 3,387 officers in uniform. In 2014, that figure dropped to 2,896 officers. The City of Phoenix is currently down approximately 500 officers.
With the addition of 300 more officers will also bring retirements.
Garcia said the additional officers will help to offset the 75 or so officers the department loses to retirement each year.
A Monday morning press conference ended abruptly after Garcia was asked about how the hiring helps the city’s deficit.
Garcia said, “This is great, we are excited about it.”
The City of Phoenix will begin taking applications for police officers on August 22, 2014.