Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
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April 11, 2017 Dalmarys Matos (203)333-2843
Mayor Ganim Continues Commitment to Public Safety; Swears in 26 New Bridgeport Police Recruits
Bridgeport, CT – Mayor Joseph Ganim accompanied Police Chief AJ Perez on Monday to swear in 26 new Bridgeport Police recruits to begin training this week. Mayor Ganim is committed to strengthening the Bridgeport Police Force with an additional 100 recruits. His promise is well underway with over 80 recruits having been added to the police force since his appointment.
“My priority is public safety. When I first came into office, the Police Department was undermanned by more than 100 officers. So we immediately put a plan in place to hire new recruits,” said Mayor Ganim. “Early last year, I swore in the first class of 29 new officers. Then we followed with the second class of 24 new recruits which will hit the street in June. And, this week, Chief Perez and I commenced our newest class of 26 recruits.”
Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez said, “We want the community to feel safe. Our goal is to have more walking patrols and community policing throughout the city. With Mayor Ganim’s commitment and leadership, I have the manpower I need to protect our residents.”
The new recruits will spend six months training at the Police Academy, followed by three months training in the field.