LPD graduation signals continued effort for increased staffing

LPD graduation signals continued effort for increased staffing

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Nineteen more recruits graduated Friday, joining the Lubbock Police Department as new officers, as the city continues its efforts to expand staffing for law enforcement. 

"We have commitments from the city council to keep adding officers, and we're going to keep recruiting hard to fill those spots. We're trying to do three academies per year, and if we can get about 20 to 25 officers per graduation, those are good numbers for us," Assistant Chief of Police Jon Caspell said.

One of those commitments from the Lubbock City Council, 12 additional positions for the department.

Mayor Dan Pope said this move was made to keep the department best equipped for keeping our city safe. 

"The 12 new positions are all officer positions. That means over the last three years, we've increased our police force by 32 officer positions. As we grow, it's important that we're able to cover our city to provide protection for homes, neighborhoods, businesses, and churches. That's a big part of what we do," Pope said.

With new Police Chief Floyd Mitchell set to take over on November 11, Assistant Chief Caspell said this effort to increase staffing is one of Mitchell's foremost priorities for the department. 

"We've been in constant contact with him, and he knows about our hiring, recruiting, and promotion efforts. So to get him here is a big deal for us and we're ready for that. He's fully on board with our increasing staffing," Caspell said.

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