After meeting with Hawthorne's Police Chief Bob Fager and the HPOA (Hawthorne Police Officer Association) last week, the newly elected Mayor came up with an idea to address his Officers concerns regarding recruitment. Over the last year, the Hawthorne police department has received over 150 applicants but has only hired 1 officer which is a huge Problem due to the force only having 92 active officers.
Lateral Recruitment will solve the city's problem fiscally as well. More officers on the force will reduce the amount of overtime being paid to the Police officers by 80 percent which will allow 8-10 more officers to be hired over the next 9 months.
The Hawthorne Police Department is the 2nd highest paid police force in the region which will make it attractive for other officers from other Agencies. (Sheriff, LAPD, LAXPD etc)
This will also indirectly fix the diversity issue on the force since the Officers have only 1 African American officer and less than 5 women. The Hawthorne Police Officer Association embraced Mayor Chris Brown's idea and the recruitment process will begin this month.