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LRPD Searching For 40 New Officers To Join Recruiting Class

Applications being accepted now.
LITTLE ROCK, AR-- Little Rock police want 40 new officers. Right now, the city is advertising for recruits to join the 2014 class.

Community activist Carol Tabron says she has high hopes for the new recruits.

"I think it's a great idea and I am hoping they put more officers in the neighborhood alert centers. We really do need them there, especially in those blighted areas," said Tabron.

After all applications are accepted, written exams will be given in February.

Salaries start at $40,000 and officers could be eligible to get a $5,000 raise after two years.

Community activists say having enough officers on the streets is important , but they also say fighting crime is an issue everyone must address.

Elder Marcus Wiggins, a member of little rock's faith community, says officers can't fight crime alone and need the help of every community stakeholder.

"That's when folk will think twice before they break into somebody's house. They'll think twice before they sell drugs on the street. They'll think twice before they kill somebody," said Wiggins.

Wiggins is also asking for other members of the faith community to figure out ways to fight crime, call 744-8751.

To apply for one of the openings, visit here.

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