While a few new officers just recently graduated from the Police Academy, Trumbull is still aiming to fill its ranks by hiring five additional police officers.

The total Trumbull Police force is 73 now and the department is budgeted for 78, according to Deputy Chief Michael Harry.

The Town of Trumbull is accepting applications for the position of police officer. The Trumbull Police are participating in the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) entry level test consortium. Applicants must register on policeapp.com to take the CPCA test and submit their application by Oct. 25, according to a notice posted at Trumbull-ct.gov.

The entry level position’s pay range is $51,400 to $66,250, according to the job posting.

Hiring a new officer can be a long process, Harry said. The Police Academy takes 23 weeks and then once the officer graduates, he or she spends 12 weeks in the department’s field training program.

“If we hire certified officers, it takes less time and we do give them more consideration,” Harry said. “But we’re also looking for guys and gals who just graduated college with a degree — we’re looking for long-term hires.”

Earlier this month, the Town Council approved appropriating $222,132 from the fund balance to police overtime. Not being fully staffed led to a large part of that overtime cost, Harry said.

“We were down and then we had about 10 officers with varying degrees of injuries — from one month out to several months,” Harry said. “Then the big storms we had led to more overtime.”

So what does it take to become a Trumbull officer? Some of the minimum qualifications include being a resident of Connecticut, at least 21 years old, with no felony, domestic violence, or Class A or B misdemeanor convictions, and no convictions for evading responsibility of a motor vehicle accident or driving under the influence. Applicants must also have at least 60 college credits or two years full, active military duty or be a currently certified CT police officer.

For more on the application and minimum qualifications, visit the police recruiting page.