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1/21/2015 - Mayor Finch, Police Chief Gaudett Announced Recruitment Drive for Bridgeport Police

“Being a Police Officer is a challenging job, but I can’t imagine a more rewarding one. We are working hard every day to make Bridgeport a place where people choose to raise their kids and families. We’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have work to do. I ask you to be part of transforming our city. As a Bridgeport Police Officer, you can make a difference every single day.”Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, Conn. (Jan. 21, 2015) – The Bridgeport Police Department is hiring.

“Being a Police Officer is a challenging job, but I can’t imagine a more rewarding one. We are working hard every day to make Bridgeport a place where people choose to raise their kids and families,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “We’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have work to do. I ask you to be part of transforming our city. As a Bridgeport Police Officer, you can make a difference every single day.”

Police recruiters launched the recruitment drive this month. Since it began, recruiters have fanned out across the city and beyond looking for candidates who are interested in a career in public service.

Lt. Lonnie Blackwell, who is heading the effort, said recruiters have been visited churches and other places of worship, restaurants, local businesses and even barber shops. They will visit local colleges and different community events.

“We’re out in the community,” he said.

The profession is both unusually rewarding and very challenging, said Mayor Finch.

“There are very few jobs that at on a moment-to-moment basis, you can improve and affect and impact the lives of 150,000 people,” he said.

“As a father of four kids in this city I can’t thank them enough.”

People interested in a career in law enforcement in Bridgeport can apply online at the policeapp.com website.

People with additional questions can visit Bridgeportct.gov, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on employment opportunities link.

The city is committed to recruiting the best candidates and also improving on a commitment to have a police department that reflects the community it serves.

The department already is one of the most racially diverse police forces in the state, said Mayor Finch .

“We can do even better. We need to have this department even more reflective of the community it serves.”

Click here to see photos from the press conference: http://bit.ly/1xv8Ofn

Click here to watch video of a recent recruitment event: http://bit.ly/1sWRF1z

The department is asking its officers to suggest candidates who would make great officers, and Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. asked community members to help as well.

“Everybody needs to be a recruiter. Everybody knows someone who would make a great police officer here in the city of Bridgeport. Don’t let them not apply.

“This is a 25 to 30 year investment in our future.”

The city is attempting to attract more city residents to compete for jobs.

City residents who pass all the elements of the exam will be awarded 15 percentage points of their final score.