JPD plans to ramp up officer recruitment effort

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Police officials talked about the need for the recruitment of additional officers on Action Line Wednesday.

    Deputy Chief Dave Campbell explained that when they are fully staffed they are suppose to have 57 officers.  He said they down ten officers now. In addition four officers are in training. So he said they are actually down 14 officers which really makes it hard for officers on the street.

    Campbell said their recruitment effort will be focused on local and regional hires.  He said new officers hired from outside may stay three or four years and then leave.

    He said they are hoping to attract young people so they can train them to be officers.  He said they have to meet the minimum qualifications, be at least 21 years old, and don't have anything in their background that's going to prevent them from being an  officer.  

    Local testing is scheduled August 1 through the 3.  Campbell said information can be found on their web site at

    Those three days will include an aptitude test, an oral board, and a physical and agility test.  A background investigation is also conducted.

    Campbell said they will be advertising heavily.

    In addition to police officers they'll be recruiting for two civilian investigator positions and an evidence technician.  And they are always looking for dispatchers, he said.


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