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Wilkes-Barre police department considering hiring several more officers

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A stronger and bigger police force is in the works for Wilkes Barre.

Mayor Tony George said the city's 2018 budget allots for 79 total police officers. The city has several vacancies and is considering hiring 3-6 additional officers.

Once new officers are hired, overtime costs will go down.

Candidates have to pass certain tests, including agility. A total of 96 candidates took the test last fall.

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