LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Department officials say their efforts to recruit new officers by pitching police work as a recession-proof career is bearing fruit, with a huge jump in new applicants.
Recruiting staff say 870 candidates took the department's written test last month, up from 401 people in December 2007.
The increase follows a wave of ads in newspapers and job-search sites that highlight the security of a job with the police.
One ad reads: "Never have to face a layoff again!"
Police Commander Jim Cansler says the department has been hiring about 60 officers a month, which has been helping Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa meet his goal of achieving a 10,000-officer force by the fall.
Information from: (Los Angeles) Daily News,
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