BPD Hires 19 New Officers, Short of Goal

August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 6:01 PM EDT

By WKBW News

August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 6:01 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

There were 19 officers sworn in Friday at Buffalo Police Headquarters in downtown. That number was originally 20 but one person dropped out the morning of the swearing in ceremony.

But even still, the department says it was hoping to hire at least 30 new officers out of this August class.

Nearly 5,000 people took the police exam and from that close to 400 top scorers were selected and after a long list of tests including physical agility, drug tests, psychological tests, and other background checks Friday's group of 19 made the final cut.

The recruits will now head to the police academy for six months of training.

"It's always something that I thought about doing and I think it's an honorable career and now I feel like I have something to bring to the community of Buffalo," said Tiffany Garland, BPD recruit.

"After six months when they come out they go through field training. They work with a field training officer and get put out on the street at some point by themselves. So your processes is about a year away before you see these officers working by themselves," said BPD Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

Since the department fell short of the 30 officers it wanted to hire, in six months the department expects to hire about ten more officers.