CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney is hoping to increase the number of officers on the beat within the next year.

The biggest thing Chief Brackney says she will be focusing on is recruiting more officers to serve the community.

The Charlottesville Police Department has approximately 109 officers but is authorized to have as many as 125. That means most officers are working long hours and giving up their personal time to ensure the safety of the community.

Brackney's goal is to hire people from all backgrounds for a more diverse force. She says this, along with community engagement, will help enhance the police department's motto of "service beyond the call."

"We're going to focus on recruitment, and our community outreach has to be embedded in not only our everyday services but those services the community expects and wants from their police department. So we're really going to focus on that, and then the final aspect of that is building up our personnel around the resources we need," said the police chief.

The Charlottesville Police Department is looking to hire about another dozen officers to join the team.