The Atlantic City Police Department welcomed 13 new officers to the force on Friday.

Atlantic City Police Welcomes New Officers

The Atlantic City Police introduced 13 new officers at a ceremony on Friday, May 10 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

The new officers successfully completed 26 weeks of basic training at the Atlantic County Police Training Center and now begin their field training program and be assigned to the Operations Division.

What's Involved in Becoming an Atlantic City Police Officer?

Anyone interested in being an Atlantic City cop must complete a rigorous background investigation, including an interview, verification of qualifying credentials, a review of any criminal record, and verification of personal references, according to the city of Atlantic City website.

The applicants must also complete a physical agility test. The test includes a 1.5-mile run, pushups, sit-ups, 300-meter run, and vertical jump test.

Once you have completed the background investigation, applicants are given a conditional offer of employment and sent for a medical exam.  This exam will include a drug screening and psychological evaluation.

This is followed by 26 weeks of schooling at the police academy.

Atlantic City's Goal to Increase the Number of Police Officers

By some estimates, the Atlantic City Police Department was 50 officers below its staffing requirement at the beginning of 2024, with a goal to add 26 new officers by summer.

The city is using about $3.75 million in federal grants to hire the new police officers.

The New Atlantic City Police Officers

The graduating police officers are Andrew Cruz, Riyadh Duffy, Leomar Flores, Aaron Laramore, Sy Le, Joseph Lyall,  Aaron McKim, Andrew Pellegrino, Jovahn Perez, Juan Perez-Delacruz, Isabella Rando, Muhammed Sarfraz, and Matthew Stanwood.

The new officers are pictured with Deputy Chief Stacy Herrerias, the commander of the Operations Division.

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