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Recruits hope to become Mobile police officers

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The second week of training for 19 recruits at the Mobile Police Academy looks a lot like Army boot camp. However, it’s a lifelong dream for Mike Sheffield.

“I always wanted to help people,” Sheffield said.

Sheffield is part of the second round of hires for the Mobile Police Department for 2011.

Mobile Police Officer Chris Levy said the department is understaffed at 537, but that number is starting to grow.

“We’re still trying to reach a magic number of really 545, where at that point we can hire 20 additional officers under some grant money which will allow us to get to that 565,” Levy said.

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