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LPD looking to hire 20 more officers

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LAWTON, Okla_If you're looking for a career, or searching for a new one, the Lawton Police Department wants you to consider them. The department is now accepting applications. They hope to hire around 20 new officers to fill vacant positions and new ones. Training officers say the additional help would be a huge asset to the department and the community.

Training officers say filling vacant positions and adding additional hands is always important when it comes to fighting crimes. They say the additional presence and patrol of officers has been proven to help decrease crimes such as burglaries and robberies, giving detectives more time to focus on other crimes including murders.

To wear a badge for this department you'll be forced to endure 23 weeks of various training exercises.

"We want to see if this is something that they're either cut out for or not," Lt. Donny Hanson said.

Hanson said once hired it'll take some time before citizens will feel the effects of their presence.

"It would be almost a year from the time they are employed until we feel their affect on the streets because of the 23 weeks on the academy plus the 16 weeks of the field training officer program then they are let out on their own."

He said more officers could help decrease crime in target areas.

"Get more officers on the streets and get some of our areas in town that we are having trouble with. Get more units in that area and start flooding those areas and let them start seeing more police officers."

He said despite the new hires being restricted to the watch of a senior officer, he said just the presence of a rookie will help both and with potential crimes including burglaries and robberies.

"It also is a benefit to us to have instead of two eyes while we are driving to have four eyes watching and to be able to scan over and look at these businesses.

Hanson said this career choice is a tough one but one that is heavily rewarding.

"It is stressful and it is high risk, we put on bullet proof vests to go to work for a reason and if I told you anything different it wouldn't be right, but the benefits are overwhelming, to be out there helping the public and it's something different everyday."

If you're interested in becoming a Lawton police officer you can pick up your application at the new city hall in the human resources department.

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