Miami reverses course, will hire more police

From the Miami Herald:

Now hiring: the Miami Police Department.

The city announced Thursday that it has lifted its two-year freeze on hiring new officers. The move opens the door to begin screening applicants for about 55 vacancies.

The department also will be able to promote current officers to sergeant positions.

Police brass explained their next steps at a city commission meeting. Earlier this month, commissioners had grilled department leaders about why the city hadn’t hired anyone for open spots even though the money had been budgeted.

On Thursday, interim Police Chief Manuel Orosa said the freeze had been the biggest obstacle to bolstering the police force. City Manager Johnny Martinez lifted the freeze on police hires on Oct. 20, though the ban is still in place in the rest of Miami.

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