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NOPD looks beyond its borders for fresh faces

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The New Orleans Police Department is looking beyond parish and state lines to swell its ranks.

The applicants took their written tests Monday and Tuesday begins the more physical portion of the tryout.

The running test will wind through UNO and Lakeview.

This is the 174th recruit class for the NOPD. This class includes 32 new applicants. Not all are from out of town. There are a few locals hoping to protect the streets too.

This is the third of four recruit classes that take place this year. The department received thousands of applications for new recruits.

This is the first time in several years that the number of recruits to graduate will exceed the number of officers lost through attrition.

By the end of December, 29 recruits from a previous class are expected to make the move from recruit to officer. Next year, the NOPD hopes to hire an additional 150 officers as they work to increase the number of officers patrolling the streets.

Kelly Scharffbillig from Minnesota said the event is kind of a mixed bag but is motivated because she loves New Orleans and wants to help make the city great once again.

“It's my third trip down in New Orleans, Scharffbillig said. “I fell in love with the city the first time I was down and I always wanted to get into law enforcement.”

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