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Newark Police Add 54 Recruits With 115th Class

March 03, 2010  | 

The Newark Police Department welcomed 54 new recruits this week, following a 24-weeks training academy, reports.

At the graduation ceremony of the 115th class, Mayor Cory Booker reminded the recruits that the city laid off and furloughed workers, slashed salaries, and shrank other programs to pay for these new recruits. Their staring pay will be $42,038 their first year.

The city remains one of New Jersey's most dangerous, even though crime is falling, with more than 300 shootings in 2009. Currently the department has 1,337 officers.

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zephyr1408 @ 3/5/2010 1:36 AM

40 thou a year? No wonder they can hire a boat load of police officers now that is cheap, cheap. That is approximately 25 thou under California average wage. I also bet their academy training is short compared to California's 6 month intense academy invironment. I am a retired Sergeant for a med sized California agency and I have compared our level of training to the back east agencies and it is pitfull how poorly trained and supported these officers' are compared to California. Mayor Corey Booker is a kind of slithery guy who has serious blabber power-----hey recruits beware? Where there is smoke there is fire and he is full of smoke!!!!!!

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