Thursday, October 02, 2008

Portland, ME - Competition grows for police officers


Competition grows for police officers | Portland Press Herald:

When the South Portland Police Department holds its recruitment night later this month, it will be touting new benefits being offered by the city including the ability for officers to retire after 25 years at two-thirds of their salary.

That and the ability for veteran officers to be paid for prior experience elsewhere are changes made to improve the city's chances of attracting the strongest candidates for its vacant police jobs.

'There is a lot of competition out there,' said Police Chief Ed Googins. 'We are not unlike other agencies just struggling to get qualified candidates to apply.'