FORT WAYNE – The city on Monday announced plans to hire 20 officers for the Fort Wayne Police Department using taxpayer dollars collected through a local option income tax.
“We’re pleased to be in a position to add police officers to serve and protect our community,” Chief Rusty York said.
The police department will be using a list of applicants compiled during its recruitment campaign last fall, York said. No other applications are being accepted at this time.
The physical agility portion of the test will be administered later this week, he said.
The new class of officers is expected to graduate June 27, 2014. Prior to being released into solo patrol, each will have six months of supervised probation, York said.
The department also announced promotions and transfers of officers:
- Steven Reed, a 20-year veteran of the department, will be transferred to the Fort Wayne Police Academy, where he will serve as director of training.
- Stephen J. Haffner, a 23-year veteran, was promoted to deputy chief of the Southwest Division.
- Derrick W. Westfield, a 17-year veteran, was promoted to captain of the Southwest Division.
- Brian C. Williams, a 15-year veteran, was promoted to sergeant.