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February 16, 2013

Fire, police academy recruits begin training

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NORMAN —

The police department is currently suffering losses in staff due to retirement and officers who turn in their resignation to move to other county, federal or state agencies, Easley said.

Chief of Police Keith Humphrey said they are looking at modifying the hiring process and cut four to six weeks out of that. Humphrey said modifying the process will not affect the quality of candidates.

Because the hiring process takes so long right now, he said they have lost two candidates because other agencies were able to offer them jobs before NPD could. He also said they are going to be recruiting year-round now at job fairs so that will help as well. The committee’s next meeting will address their annual report. The meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at City Hall.

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