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Baltimore City is stepping up an effort to recruit new police officers to address a shortage of officers.

In Baltimore City, officials are trying a number of new things to attract candidates, particularly young, female applicants. The Baltimore Police Department has produced a YouTube video of its boot camp as part of an increased effort to attract and qualify applicants to the job.

The Police Department is also about to introduce ride-alongs with officers to better acquaint potential applicants with the job. The goal? To fill about 90 vacancies and help to drive down the expense of police overtime. Additionally, they have moved to an online hiring process, which the Mayor Pugh said has resulted in a four-fold increase in applications.

The city wants to hire a marketing firm to help recruit millennials, and it is considering asking communities to nominate candidates as part of a new initiative.

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