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Lexington to hire 30 new officers

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

On Thursday, Lexington's Mayor and the city's Police Chief announced the city will hire a new class of police officers.

Mayor Jim Gray and Chief Ronnie Bastin held a joint news conference Thursday in the Mayor's office.

"These new officers will make our community safer and make our police force even better," Mayor Gray said.

The city budgeted beginning funds for a new police class this budget year, and in September, also received a $3.9 million federal grant, which is designed to pay the salaries and benefits of 25 new police officers for three years.

"Hiring this new class brings an end to a long dry spell that we've had with being able to fill attrition," said Chief Bastin.

Since 2009, the city has lost a total of 68 officers. Most to retirement, some to disability and one, Officer Bryan Durman, lost in the line of duty.

Today, their are 522 officers in the Division of Police, compared to 593 (the highest ever) in December of 2007.

"We'll never have enough, but, this is gonna allow us to continue to provide a very high level of service to our community," Bastin said.

The new recruits will begin their training shortly after the new year.

Lexington has never operated with the 595 officers the state mandates for the city.

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