Possible retirements is one reason the city of Dublin is continuing to look to hire additional police officers.

Possible retirements is one reason the city of Dublin is continuing to look to hire additional police officers.

The Dublin Police Department will hold a recruitment day from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

The last recruitment event was held in July and Dublin Sgt. Greg Lattanzi said the city hired three additional officers.

Through Saturday's recruitment drive, the city plans to hire at least two more officers, possibly three based on pending retirements, Lattanzi said.

The police department expects there to be additional openings for officers later in the year, Lattanzi said.

A collection of variables -- retirements being one -- will determine how many officers the city hires.

At present, the department plans to increase from 68 to 70 officers, said Lt. Justin Paez, operations bureau commander for Dublin police.

The city plans to run two recruitment events per year, he said.

Because of possible retirements, the police department is perennially looking to hire officers, he said.

One officer already has notified the city of an intention to retire this year.

Officers with no prior experience would receive an annual salary of $54,571 during their training period, Paez said.

The wage structure for officers who have been trained or already have experience as a certified law-enforcement officer has four steps, with a range of $59,143 to $88,122.

Among Dublin's newer officers is Joe Popson, who was hired Dec. 17. He previously worked with the Circleville Police Department for 10 months.

"I wanted to come to Dublin for the training," Popson said.

Popson, who attended the Columbus Police Academy for six months, said Dublin's size affords it the ability to offer its police officers strong training opportunities.

He said the training was one of his most-challenging experiences, which made it that much more rewarding.

Those interested in taking a written police examination can sign up by Jan. 24.

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