Phoenix Police Department approved to add civilian investigators, police assistants
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Phoenix City Council has given the green light to add new positions to the Phoenix Police Department. The department has been facing a staffing shortage. These will be non-sworn positions meaning the employee will not be able to arrest someone, carry a gun, and will not have to go through the academy process. But the roles will help free up officers to respond to higher priority calls.
The City Council approved 33 positions. 25 of these positions are civilian investigators, a brand new classification. The other eight positions are police assistants. The civilian investigators will conduct background checks and assist with search warrants behind the scenes, which should take some of the workloads off detectives.
Police assistants will respond to property crimes, stolen vehicles, burglaries, and theft. Since Wednesday, Phoenix PD says over 440 people have applied for the 25 civilian investigator positions, and more than 120 have applied for the eight police assistant positions since recruitment opened. Due to staffing shortages, the department recently had to re-assign over 100 officers to patrol.
“We as a department have been struggling to hire as have agencies around the country, and we are in the midst of a reorganization where our detective bureaus are spread really thin,” Executive Assistant Chief Michael Kurtenbach said. He’s hopeful about these additional positions. “They’ll provide a critical function for us relieving sworn personnel from doing things they’re doing today and allowing them to focus on areas of greater interest and greater need. If we can’t get any recruits through the door to become police officers, then you have to reorganize internally and redefine those functions and those duties. We can’t do our jobs without our non-sworn folks, and they’re very capable.” Pay for these positions ranges from $52,000 to $78,000 a year. To apply, click here.
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