NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police Department in Nashville held an open house Tuesday night to recruit potential new officers.
Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas said the department has more resources. The city allocated money in the current budget to hire 1,315 officers.
"Our fifth year in a row of crime reduction means we got a lot of work ahead of us to keep that trend going the right way," Serpas said.
Nashville has 1,302 officers compared to cities of similar size with larger police forces. A new class will graduate in early November.
"I think that's a good testament to the quality of life in Nashville, that we don't really need as many police officers as you may in other cities," Serpas said. "But our needs will grow in the future as our communities continue to grow."
That quality of life is one reason Deandre Payne came to the open house.
"It's a good city. It's a booming city. The job market is really good. It's a nice city to live and grow a family in," he said.
About 200 people attended the open house at the department's training academy.
Nashville is one of the highest paid departments in Middle Tennessee. New recruits make $34,000 a year; the salary varies depending on the recruit's educational background. After the first year, officers receive 20 paid vacation days.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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