Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Police Department is making progress in the recruitment of officers.
Chief Ed Mercer said on Action Line that when he took over there were 13 vacancies, but they have reduced that number to six.
Three officers will attend the Public Safety Academy in Sitka beginning this Sunday. There have also been three lateral transfers.
One was a person who was employed by the department and then left but has decided to return. The other two are from outside that state who
have ties to Juneau.
About three more applicants are going through background checks as the result of a recent recruitment effort, according to the chief.
On the other hand, the chief says they just received word that longtime officer Jeff Brink is retiring effective April 30.
Recruitment were dispatchers also continues. The chief says they were told almost 41 percent with seven out of 12 positions filled. One dispatcher was hired last month.
Anyone interested in becoming a police officer or dispatcher should contact the department for additional information.