PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- It didn't take long for Phoenix police officers unhappy with the city's vaccine mandate to start looking for new jobs.

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Glendale Detective Tom Sye says his department started receiving inquiries almost immediately after they were told about the mandate on Nov. 18. "Pretty much right away, we started taking phone calls and emails and messages," he said. Sye confirmed that he has already received several applications, but he did not say how many.

It's good for the Glendale Police Department.

"We can get them out on the street faster [because] they are already trained," he explained. "They don't have to go through the academy. That can take several months to a year to get through."

At the same time, Sye says he can not imagine trying to fill the 250 positions the Phoenix Police Department said it had open earlier this year.

The Mesa Police Department says it, too, has received inquires and applications from officers trying to leave Phoenix PD.

Neither Glendale nor Mesa has a vaccine requirement. They also have hiring bonuses. Glendale is offering $10,000 for Arizona officers looking to make a lateral move. Mesa is offering $5,000.

Brit London, the president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, says he worries that hundreds of officers will leave Phoenix. "That means less officers on the streets and less officers solving your crimes," he said.

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