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Albemarle Police Take Recruiting Efforts to Southwest VA

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The Albemarle County Police Department could potentially hire four new officers. Now, the department is ramping up recruitment efforts and taking it on the road.

Albemarle supervisors are set to approve a budget that includes four new police officer positions - two police officers, a school resource officer and a traffic safety officer. Police are looking at southwest Virginia to recruit for these positions.

Carter Johnson, ACPD spokesperson, says they're targeting the southern part of the state because of the number of colleges and universities that have criminal justice departments.

A recruitment video is currently playing in movie theaters and on the radio throughout southwest Virginia. The video advertises a recruitment event that the department is hosting later this month at Radford University.

"We want people to know about these openings.  We want to fill the positions.  We want to be at full capacity," said Johnson.

The event is one-stop shopping for applicants.  They can take the agility, physical and written tests and go through the interview panel. 

"This is probably the most aggressive approach that we've taken for recruitment.  We're really being proactive here," said Johnson.

Incentives are also now in place for new officers. Those with a two-year degree get a 2.5 percent increase in base pay, and those with a four-year degree get a 5 percent jump.

Albemarle police say only 3 percent of the people that go through the process are hired by the department.

The recruitment event will take place March 23. Watch the full recruitment video here.

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