BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials are asking members of the community for help finding city residents to join the police force as the department aims to hire 300 people by the end of the year.

The “Hometown Heroes” initiative announced by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld on Thursday includes a promotion of the cadet program and an effort to get community members to help recruit potential hires.

Applicants don’t need to be top athletes or geniuses — though those applicants are welcome too, Bealefeld said.

“The number one requirement is that they have a desire to serve the citizens of this great city,” he said.

It makes the department stronger to have officers who can draw on their personal knowledge of the city, Bealefeld said. Community recruiters will be able to serve their city by using their personal skills and knowledge of the community, Rawlings-Blake said.

Although the mayor’s proposed fiscal year 2012 budget includes cuts, she plans to fund the effort to hire hundreds of officers. The department met its 100 recruit goal last year and is on track to hire all 300 this year, according to the mayor’s office.

Bealefeld, a Baltimore native, said his start as a cadet gave him a work ethic that has served him throughout his career in the department.

“I think we’ll have a stronger department and we’ll have a stronger city when we find people — just like the commissioner — who can start out and grow up through the ranks,” Rawlings-Blake said.

For more information and to sign up, contact the Baltimore Police Personnel Section at 410-396-2340 or click here.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (16)
  1. sillyman michaels says:

    hire them without background checks to all do with other city
    employees..make sure they all have there tats on their necks

  2. sheriffwillie says:

    A sure fire way to incorporate drugs, thuggery & low morals into an already overburdened police force. You can take a bag of s…..t , tie a pretty blue ribbon around it & it’s still a bag of s…..t…..I’m sure this will work out well just like the Drive to thrive when all those crooked Puerto Ricans were recruited…..Why not just bring all the murderers in from the Congo, Nigeria, the Ivory coast & other African countries, I’m sure the Brothers would love to be reunited again.

  3. joemight says:

    shut the hell up sheriffwillie. u sound like a racist

    1. sheriffwillie says:

      joemight, Everybody is a racist whether they want to admit it or not. So what, I don’t hide it & I have just cause for it. Blacks & Orientals are the most racist people on earth in our society. FACT !!…You shut your pie hole.

      1. Atim Ant says:

        I’m black and I’m not a racist. I love all people, and have friends of every race/ethnicity, and have even dated outside my race. You’re just a flat out, over the top, loser-ass racist.

      2. sheriff willie says:

        Atim Ant, But of course you do. You love everybody because you’re Transgender.

  4. c says:

    im in security and would b honored to work for the police department,not all of them r a holes u know just the a holes…..

    1. williejoe says:

      C, Did that message just come from an A-hole?

  5. brenda walsh says:

    Ha. Good luck getting like 90% of the residents of Baltimore “interested in working” in general. Why work when you can get money for free?

  6. charles says:

    We certainly need them, but don’t lower the Police Department standards to meet quotas. They did in Dayton, Ohio by order of the U.S. Attorney General. PC is killing this country. Hire the most qualified people for these jobs.

  7. Somebody says:

    You want to find 300 honest, hard working, ethical people in the limits of Baltimore City? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH, I didn’t know Stephaine was an inspiring to be a comedian? Where is ashton out, I think Someone is Punking us.

  8. sylvan finkelstein says:

    this city has hometown hero’s where do these people live

  9. Brenda says:

    The PCPD lost an enormous amount of veterans last year because there was no money in the budget to support their retirement funds as promissed when they signed on but here we go. Lets replace all this experience with unexperienced newbees and fast track their paperwork so we can meet our goals. You think the BCPD is in trouble now, just wait……………………….. I think SRB is digging deep for votes. I would be interested in seeing the demographics for all of the 300 new hires.

  10. redneckjosh says:

    Lmao at da sherif

  11. willwilburwanda says:

    There aren’t three hundred people in all of Baltimore that work period!…Good luck on that one Stephanie & Freddy B…..Once you do a reasonable background check, You’d have a better chance of hiring Stevie Wonder to see what’s cooking.

  12. cHARMcity says:

    300 officers… you can come to john hopkins and get half of the lazy officers thats here… they always down here talking to women, or just standing around talking…. smh… why add wood to a fire if your trying to put it out???

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