Naperville City Council approved a police department request Tuesday night to hire three new police officers.
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The three vacant positions are estimated to have a first year salary savings of $78,159, or $26,053 per position. Due to the Fraternal Order of Police contract, the new hires will qualify for Tier 1 benefits, according to the city.
Candidates for the new positions must go through a series of training courses, including a 12-week police academy beginning April 8. Upon completion, candidates then enter a 22-week field training program.
If they pass, officers would graduate to solo patrol duties around Dec. 1. An 18-month probationary period is also required before being hired.
In the last three years, the number of sworn positions within the Naperville Police Department has been reduced by nearly 13 percent.