Bridgeport police welcome 26 new recruits following swearing-in ceremony

The city of Bridgeport will have more than two dozen new police officers in the next year patrolling the streets to help fight off crime.



Twenty-six recruits were sworn in today by Mayor Joe Ganim, along with several other city officials.



Ganim pledged during his campaign to hire 100 police officers to help make the city safer. The new recruit class today marks the third since he's taken office, bumping the number to around 90.



Ganim says he allocated additional funding from this year's budget to pay for the class training, saying public safety is a top priority.



Police Chief AJ Perez says the number of homicides throughout the city has gone down in recent years, and hopes additional officers on the streets will help decrease all types of crime rates.



The new recruits will train through the police academy for six months, and then on the streets for another six months.


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