Brunswick Police Department (BPD) has a shortage of patrol officers due to the department’s struggles to fill vacant positions, WLBZ2 reported on March 30. Police Chief Richard Rizzo said BPD has received only a few applications for four vacant positions.
Other police departments across Maine are experiencing similar problems. Over 20 police departments currently are advertising at least one open position on the website for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
Rizzo said the starting pay for BPD officers—$41,200 for individuals with a high school diploma and $45,200 for college graduates—is around average compared to other police departments, according to WLBZ2.
BPD is currently offering a $5,000 signing bonus for new officers.