Fullerton PD ramps up recruitment with team of nearly 30 who woo newbies and laterals


Sgt. John Ema, who runs the personnel and training division at the Fullerton PD, motions to the white board hanging in his office. In various colors of erasable ink that indicate such positions as officer trainee, lateral police officer, and dispatcher, the board paints a vivid story not only facing the Fullerton PD, but law enforcement agencies throughout O.C. and elsewhere: The critical need to recruit and hire more officers and professional staff employees. Allotted 150 full-time officers in its current budget, the FPD is down 18 officers. With five retiring this month and up to four gone by the…

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