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Rapid recruiting boosts Atlanta PD ranks

Department grows as economy lags — mayor says hiring will continue

By Bill Rankin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — More than a decade ago, the mantra at City Hall was 2,000 by 2000 --- the number of sworn Atlanta police officers who would be on the force by the turn of the millennium. But the city never came close to that.

Today, the more realistic goal is 2,000 by the end of 2012, and if the Atlanta Police Department's recruiting campaign continues its pace of hiring, the force may finally reach that level.

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