Philadelphia police announce recruitment initiative

The Philadelphia Police Department has announced a month-long recruiting event to fill hundreds of open positions. The FOP president says the department is at dangerously low staffing levels.

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- The Philadelphia Police Department has announced a month-long recruiting event to fill hundreds of open positions. The FOP's president says the department is at dangerously low staffing levels. He cites retirement, other job opportunities, and the pandemic for a drop in interest in the jobs on the force. There's also the relatively new requirement that applicants must live in the city of Philadelphia.

Recruits have to be at least 22 years old with a high school diploma. The starting salary is more than $56,000 a year. Right now, the department Is about 260 officers short of the number for which it is budgeted.