City police chief makes recruitment a top priority
With the city facing a critical police officer shortage, the Calgary Police Service is in Toronto this week to recruit prospective officers.
The CPS currently has 1,600 sworn police officers and wants to hire 200 additional officers a year for the next two years.
"A Canada-wide shortage of police officers, coupled with labour shortages in Alberta, are making it more challenging to recruit new officers," said Insp. Richard Hinse, the commander of the CPS Recruiting Unit.
"The service has been to Ontario six times since the beginning of 2007 and we have hired some quality candidates from the region. We are hoping to reach even more people this time," said Hinse.
Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson has made police recruitment a top priority and has implemented changes to make it easier for people to apply for the force.
"The $450 in fees that it used to cost to apply to the service to pay for testing has been waived. There are no costs associated with applying to the CPS and the entire application process will soon be accelerated," said Chief Hanson.