New graduates join SF police ranks

Ten new officers graduated from the Police Academy last week.

The new officers are part of a group of recruits who have joined the police force recently, after several years of little hiring in the wake of the Great Recession.

The Friday ceremony marked the 242nd lateral class graduation for the Police Department and brought in a group of officers who collectively have 80 years of law enforcement experience.

The group consists of former members of other California police departments. Among them are the Los Angeles Police Department as well as the Oakland and Novato departments.

The officers began field training at one of several training districts Saturday.

In 2013, there were 22 lateral transfer candidates who graduated from the academy and about 130 new officers who graduated from the academy.

Police Chief Greg Suhr told The San Francisco Examiner at the end of last year that he expects the hiring spree to continue due to The City's booming population.

By 2018, the department should be fully staffed, he said, adding that he expects the ranks to be somewhere between 2,300 and 2,500 by then.

The department's minimum staffing level, set more than 30 years ago, is 1,971, or one officer for every 360 residents.

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