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Glendale Police Department offering $10,000 hiring bonus for officers

Police departments across Arizona are experiencing officer shortages and are offering hiring bonuses to new applicants in hopes of recruitment.

The Glendale Police Department announced this weekend that it is offering a $10,000 bonus for applicants as in state police officers. The department has a number of police officers approaching retirement, which is creating the need for positions to be filled. 

Tom Sye is a detective with the Glendale Police Department. 

“This large group of people who were hired way back when, when we were expanding and trying to grow, again they’re now hitting that retirement age and doing just that," Sye said. 

Sye said although the department does have opened positions, it is not seeking applicants just because they need them. He said the bonuses being offered are with the intention of gaining quality applicants to the department.

Other departments such as Phoenix and Mesa are also offering bonuses to help fill vacant positions. Phoenix is offering $5,000 for new recruits and Mesa is offering $7,500

Thalia Lopez is an intern at KJZZ and entering her final year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lopez is studying broadcast journalism with a minor in theater.Growing up in Arizona, Lopez has become familiar with the different cultures that spread across the state and has developed a love for connecting with the community.When off the clock, Lopez enjoys advancing her acting skills, finding new ways to improve her health and watching movies with her friends and family.