Charlottesville Police Department Swears In Five New Officers, Staff Numbers Improve
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville Police Department is welcoming five new officers, as it works to combat larger than normal turnover in recent months. A swearing-in ceremony was held late Friday afternoon. Those five officers joined the ranks after going through more than 5 months of rigorous training in the police academy.
Chief Rashall Brackney told officers they must decide now what type of officers they will be.
Recruitment and retention have become a top priority as the number of police officers dropped more than 20 below the budgeted amount. With officers in need, the chief anticipates 20 more cadets will start the police academy in July.
The Charlottesville Police Department is authorized to have 125 sworn officers, but the next wave of officers will hopefully get them closer to that number.
“We're actually hoping to over hire so that we don't find ourselves in this predicament again where we are under our staffing requirements,” said Chief Brackney.
“It was a decision I made about a year ago so it means a lot to me that I’m joining the brotherhood, protecting and serving, and especially this new community. I’m new to the city of Charlottesville and I love it here. It means a lot to me to give something to the city that has already given a lot to me in just my short time here,” said Officer Michael Flury, with the Charlottesville Police Department.
Officer Flury said he wants to give back to the community by attending events and really getting to know people so he can help them.
Chief Brackney said the city is anxious for new eyes, new perspectives, and new ways to get younger adults into law enforcement. The Charlottesville Police Department said it continues to stride toward their new motto of ‘service beyond the call.’