Fresno Officials Announce Hiring of New Police Officers, Cadets, Dispatchers

Oct 23, 2013 No Comments by

FRESNO – The Fresno Police Department is undergoing a rebuilding phase, after experiencing the loss of roughly 150 police officers over the past several years.

At a press conference earlier today, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Police Chief Jerry Dyer and City Manager Bruce Rudd announced that 15 police recruits, 30 non-sworn cadets will be added to the city’s police force by the beginning of next year.  In addition, 11 officers now assigned to Fresno Yosemite International Airport will be rejoining the citywide police force by the end of this year, and four dispatchers will also be added to alleviate the department’s call load.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin

“What we are doing today is being able to start the process of rebuilding the Fresno Police Department, which is good news for the citizens of Fresno,” Dyer said.

The 30 cadets will be hired in two phases; 15 by Nov. 15, and the rest by Jan. 4.  They will respond to lower-level crimes, making it easier for other officers to handle more serious law violations.  All 30 of the cadets will undergo a 4-6 week training period before being released into the field, and the 15 police recruits will train in a 4-5 month span, and start patrolling in April or May.

Rudd and Dyer have been hammering out a plan to hire the additional staffing, which will take $2 million from the City of Fresno’s current budget.

“This is indeed positive news,” Swearengin said.  “These hires are being made with the appropriations that were approved by the Council with the adoption of the 2014 budget.”

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James Olinger is a native of the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from West Hills College in Coalinga, California in 2000 with an associate's degree in liberal arts. He joined Business Street in 2004 as a staff writer, and became the associate editor in 2007. He maintains that position today, writing for Business Street Online in a variety of topics.
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