City pays to prepare police

first_img Hiring a new deputy doesn’t come cheap for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Here’s a breakdown on all of the costs associated with recruiting and training a new hire.On Colton Price’s first day as a full-time police officer, his field training sergeant tossed him the keys to the patrol car and told him to drive. It was a surprise for the 24-year-old newbie at the Vancouver Police Department, who expected to ride shotgun for a day or two to gather his bearings. But Sgt. Jim White, who’s been training incoming officers for more than a decade, knew better.“This isn’t a spectator sport,” White said. “You’re up to your eyeballs from Day One.”Price is one of nine new hires at the Vancouver Police Department. Some, like him, come straight out of the police academy in Burien, while others hail from law enforcement agencies around the U.S. The agency hasn’t been fully staffed since 2002 due to Baby Boomer retirements, resignations and a couple of deaths. It has three more vacancies it plans to fill.The process is long, uncomfortable and selective. In 2012, Vancouver hired four entry-level officers from a pool of 400 applicants, and three experienced officers among 248 applicants, according to Sgt. Deb Libbey. Costs of hiring an officer to the Vancouver Police Departmentlast_img

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