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Huntington police to recruit more officers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Huntington Police Department will step up its recruiting efforts as the application deadline approaches

Local media outlets report the department will start using billboards, posters, flyers, brochures, social media and recruiting videos to let people know they are hiring more officers.

The city of Huntington has allocated $600,000 to the department for equipment upgrades and hiring efforts. The money comes from the projected $2.2 million in revenue generated from a $2 increase in the city’s user fee.

Huntington police chief Joe Ciccarelli says the department will also try to expand efforts to recruit minorities and create a more diverse department. The department currently has 104 officers, six of whom are female and three of whom are black.

All applications must be submitted by Jan. 22, 2016.