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Hundreds apply to become Toledo officers

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Close to 700 people have applied to become a Toledo police officer.  The city's manpower numbers are at an all time low. The department plans to hire 75 new recruits.  Justin Jackson says he's always wanted to be a Toledo police officer.

"Every since I was a little kid I always wanted to a be a cop," said Justin Jackson.

Jackson is a student at the University of Toledo. He's studying criminal justice. Jackson says when he heard TPD was hiring he couldn't pass up the chance to achieve his dream. The student says he's already started preparing for the academy.

"I've been running push ups working out things like that. Hopefully it won't be too hard," said Jackson.
 
The Toledo police department plans to hire 75 new police recruits. It's the police chief's top priority.

"It will help us protect and serve the citizens of this community. We are about 200- 250 officers below our authorized strength for many many years we did not hire police officers. We have officers that are retiring we're trying to dig out of that hole," said Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs.  

Administrators say the pool of potential recruits is diverse something city leaders say is important when patrolling the streets of Toledo. 24 year old Justin Walker filled out an application today. He's an engineering technology student at Bowling Green State University.     I asked him if he had to make a split second decision to shot someone could he do it?  

"I think if I have to and it's the right think to do I think I would be able to," said Walker.

Walker is all to familiar with the dangers officers face out on the streets. He says his grandfather is a retired officer he hopes to follow in his footsteps.

The application process ends November 26.

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