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Tucson police plan to hire more officers

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson officials are hoping to have a highly increased
police force by next summer.

The Arizona Daily Star reported the Tucson Police
Department has set a goal to hire 150 officers by June 2013, the end of the next
fiscal year.

Assistant Chief John Leavitt said Tuesday those positions would give the
department 998 officers, more than the last few years but fewer than the
staffing that was available four years ago.

Leavitt said there are about 930 officers, compared to more than 1,100 in September 2008.

Leavitt says several hiring grants are helping pay for the recruiting of more
officers despite budget cuts. But he said the agency is still operating with a
smaller department than is accustomed.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com