The Apopka Police Department is currently authorized to increase its force up to 122 sworn police officers in the current budget. As it stands, they are at 109.
If they are able to hire the additional 13 officers in this budget cycle, it would increase its per capita to 2.08 officers per 1,000. That's still below the state average of 2.33 officers per 1,000, but that would get them moving in a forward direction, given Apopka's imminent and continued growth.
In an attempt to get that hiring process jump-started, the APD recently ran the following statement on its Facebook page:
Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley is eager to build his department up to the authorized level and keep the APD growing at a similar rate to the city it serves.
“As the third largest law enforcement agency in Orange County and growing, the Apopka Police Department is seeking law enforcement candidates that would like to become part of our team and grow with us," he said. "We are a full service law enforcement agency that provides services to one of the greatest communities in the country and they continue to show their appreciation at a time when some communities are condemning their law enforcement officers. The Apopka Police Department is an accredited law enforcement agency that provides our personnel with the latest technology and equipment to do their job. Thanks to our Mayor, City Administrator and Commissioners the starting salary for an Apopka Police Officer will be $51,027 starting October 1st, 2022. When you add in our great benefits and retirement the Apopka Police Department has a lot to offer a law enforcement officer, whether they are just starting their career or a seasoned law enforcement officer looking for an agency with great pay, benefits and opportunity."
For more information on how to join the APD, contact Lieutenant Chris Hanstein at 407-703-1610 or CHanstein@apopka.net.
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