A local police department wants more diversity, now it has the funds to achieve that goal.
From going to local colleges to recruiting on TikTok, The Moore Police Department is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to finding more officers.
The department is expanding their police force. Two officers will be leaving, and nine positions will be added with funding from city council.
“The community of Moore is growing we have economic vitality; we have homes being built and a rapidly expanding community. We are constantly looking at numbers and staffing to determine what the public safety needs are,” said Lt. Kyle Hill with Moore PD.
With the task of hiring 11 officers, they are focused on one goal, hiring a force that looks like the community.
“Diversity in this profession is so important. Everybody brings a little piece of their background and culture, and we all create the best soup or ingredient to service the community with,” said Detective Terrance Coleman, a member of the Recruitment Team.
Coleman said it is important for the community to know they are taking steps to strengthen their relationship.
“The police department and the community we are partners, we can’t solve crimes by ourselves,” said Coleman.
Candidates must take a written exam, physical exam, polygraph exam and background check.
“We’re always looking for the best and brightest and we are looking for people that are good people, that are kind, and that are hardworking, and have integrity,” said Hill.
It takes anywhere from 4-6 months to become an officer depending on how long training takes. They will have 100 officers when they are fully staffed.