FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne Police Department welcomed its 61st recruit class Monday morning.
Twenty-six men and women will spend the next five months in training. Once they graduate, recruits will start a six month supervised probationary period.
Public Safety Director Rusty York said the city needs the additional officers. “There are 26 recruits in there and we’re short 26 officers. So hopefully they’ll all complete the course, but it is very trying and we always expect to lose at least one or two,” York said.
The class is funded through a government program. The FWPD was awarded $1.25 million. The department usually has a staffing level of 460 officers, but due to recent retirements, the number of officers has fallen below that level.