Providence holds 68th police academy recruitment drive

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Want to be a police officer? The City of Providence is now hiring.

After several years off, the department held its 68th police academy recruitment drive Monday for the second year in a row.

The department started accepting applications for new officers at the drive, and by the time everything is said and done — Providence will have new officers patrolling the streets in 2016.

“We’re looking for the cream of the crop,” said Col. Hugh Clements of the Providence Police Department. “This is a really different job. It really takes a special person in this world today that wants to be a police officer.”

Community and city leaders were present at the drive Monday, asking only the best to apply.

“Good moral character, high levels of integrity, people who really want to do something special in the community,” Clements said.

In 2014, only 60 people made the cut to train to become officers in New England’s second largest police force.

Its unclear how many will make it this year, but the Colonel said they need the help.

“We’re looking to replenish and bolster the ranks for the Providence Police Department,” he said.

Mayor Jorge Elorza was also on hand Monday, talking about how he hopes to make the force more community-oriented. He’s calling for diversity, which he says causes the residents to see officer as people, not just nameless uniforms.

“You see a neighbor, a relative, you see a friend, you see someone whom you know and whom you trust,” said Elorza.

The new Lieutenant in charge of the recruits said the 24-week-long training academy can be tough, but the results are worth it.

“It gives us a well rounded emotionally intelligent officer,” said Lt. Kevin Lanni.

For more information on how to apply to the academy, click here.

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