YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima Police Department is almost half way through this year's hiring blitz.
By Monday, they'll have six new recruits on staff. But it's not cheap hiring brand new officers.
Lateral transfers are police officers who have experience working in other departments and YPD says they could save them a lot of money in training and academy costs.
The department will have hired five brand new officers and one lateral transfer from the Union Gap Police Department. That's half of the total they hope to hire by the end of the year.
Capt. Greg Copeland says transfers are ideal because they're able to get out on the streets a lot faster.
And in these tough budget times, they can also cost the department thousands less in training.
"It costs between $3,000 and $10,000 beyond an officers salary to send someone to the academy. So when we can pick up a good lateral candidate, we have our eye on doing that as much as we can," said Capt. Copeland.
The cost to train new recruits has gone way up in the past couple of years. The state used to pay the bill for the academy costs, but with the budget crunch they've passed that cost onto local departments.
And Capt. Copeland says they expect the cost to continue to go up this summer.