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RPD steps up recruitment efforts

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) - As more and more officers reach retirement, the Rochester Police Department is boosting recruitment efforts. 

The Rochester Police Department says they're looking to hire 29 police officers this year and that could increase later this summer once some officers retire. Now this is an issue that's not just happening here, locally, but all across the country. 

Deputy Chief LaRon Singletary says recruitment is a big deal this year as they try to fill those spots. He and Police Chief Michael Ciminelli are hoping to get good candidates. However, they're reassuring the public that they will not be impacted by this. 

Singletary tells News 8, "Last year we had 1,600 people apply for the exam. This year, 724 people showed up. So, we're trying to figure out where those 900 people went. So, we have some challenges. Some of those blockers could be the economy, people may find better jobs, physical agility, people don't often pass the physical agility." 

Now there have been other police departments from across the country recruiting here locally. We have been told by RPD that it isn't impacting their recruitment numbers. If you are looking to apply to become an officer, the next exam will take place this September. 

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