As cities across the country struggle to attract new police officers, Aurora has decided to try something different by raiding other police departments, starting with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). The NYPD has something Aurora doesn’t, a diverse police force. Aurora also has something New York City doesn’t, a starting pay at least $20,000 higher, along with a signing bonus.
“We thought sort of a leap of faith that this sales pitch might work,” says Aurora Interim Chief Dan Oates, who summoned some of Aurora’s finest and dispatched them on a road trip to the Big Apple earlier this month.
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