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City Council Approves Police Recruitment and Retention Incentives

Trainees must complete academy, one year of service to be eligible

The Bakersfield City Council on Wednesday, November 20, approved a new incentive program aimed at recruiting and retaining police officers, offering two bonuses to be paid out for staying with the Bakersfield Police Department.

The program will be paid for with money raised by the Public Safety & Vital Services Measure (Measure N) passed by voters in November 2018.

Under the new program, Police Trainees who complete the BPD Academy and accept a position with the department will receive $1,500; they will also receive another payment of $1,500 for completing one year of service on the force.

Feedback from recent graduates shows the bonuses will help offset the costs of initial equipment and uniform purchases.

The incentive payments will not only be made available to eligible employees hired in 2019, but also those hired in 2018 as well.

The City has committed PSVS funding to hire 100 new officers over the next three years and this program will aid in recruiting as many qualified applicants as possible. There are currently 27 cadets set to graduate from the Academy in the next year.

The Bakersfield Police Department is currently holding Police Trainee Information Sessions throughout the month of November and into December.

The schedule for those sessions can be viewed in the link below.

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