The city of New Britain is providing incentives in order lure more police officers.
Some of the prerequisites to being an officer have been relaxed, according to the “New Britain Herald”. The purpose is to attract officers who are already certified and wouldn’t need the months of training to join the force.
Higher pay, relaxed residency rules and additional vacation time are some of the incentives. At present, the New Britain Police Department is down 37 officers from a staff budgeted for 165.
A certified officer joining the New Britain force would get two weeks paid vacation rather than one week that new recruits receive. Also, starting pay would be between about 11,000-and 15,000-dollars higher.
Additionally, certified officers joining the New Britain force would also be able to live up to 60 minutes away.