The hiring incentive will be $5,000 for lateral sworn police officers, $3,500 for police officer recruits, and $2,000 for detention officers and dispatchers, according to a news release from the city. Individuals would receive half of the incentive upon being hired and the remaining half upon the successful completion of a probationary period, according to the release.
The incentive is a way to attract candidates to fill vacancies due to retirements and adding new positions. It supplements current recruiting efforts for sworn and civilian positions in the police department, according to the city. The city's proposed budget for next fiscal year would add 12 new police positions plus 15 overfill positions that allow individuals to be hired and trained while current officers continue serving the community.
The Chandler City Council will consider adoption of the proposed budget during its regularly scheduled meetings May 27 and June 10, according to the release.