ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Police Department is starting a recruiting campaign to bring officers from other departments across Alaska, saying the unusual move comes because the department is short-staffed and hasn't been able to keep up with the city's growth.
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Police are looking for at least 20 officers who are already certified by the Alaska Police Standards Council to attend a shortened eight-week police academy, police Lt. Paul Honeman said Friday.
"We don't regularly go and test in other parts of the state," Honeman said. "It's no secret that the city has grown, but the department has not kept up."
By taking recruiters to other parts of the state, the force will be able to save time, money and effort during the hiring process, said recruitment officer Steven Haas.
"It's a competitive market right now, and it comes down to who offers the best package," he said.
"I wouldn't say this is anything new," said Fairbanks police Chief Dan Hoffman, whose officers are among those being targeted. "It's just the reality of policing in Alaska. It's a pretty small state."