Posted 11:35 AM 7/30/2013 : AZ Department of Public Safety welcoming new recruits
TUCSON- In the next few months the Arizona Department of Public Safety will welcome some new recruits, thanks to easing budget constraints. The money freed up from positions that were left vacant starting back in 2008.
These new recruits will be dispersed all throughout the state based on need, but officers in Tucson say even just one additional officer is a big plus for public safety.
From 2008 to 2012 DPS was doing more, with less, limited to about 43 officers throughout all of Pima County. The Tucson district is hoping to add at least three or four officers to the mix, but with a revolving door of retirements and transfers the actual number could be lower.
Officer Raul Molina says the added resources will help patrol potential trouble spots like I-19. Fatalities on that stretch of highway have remained stable in recent years, going from 11 back in 2010, to 12 in 2011 and 2012. So far this year five people have died and officers are working to keep that number low.
"It's a good sign, we're doing the job, but if we can put more people out there and every interstate, whether it's Interstate 10 or 19, it'd be very significant," Molina said.
The next two academies are scheduled for August and November. There is also some talk they could open two more academies in 2014 but that depends on how the hiring process goes for the rest of the year.
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