Altanta, Georgia police are recruiting in St. Louis this weekend

ST. LOUIS – The Atlanta, Georgia Police Department is in St. Louis this weekend for a hiring event. Some call this an attempt to lure officer recruits from the region.

Atlanta police say participants can apply, interview, complete assessments and leave with a conditional offer. FOX 2’s partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Mayor Tishaura Jones texted the mayor of Atlanta and said, “Hey, stop poaching our people.”

Mayor Andre Dickens claims he doesn’t know his department is recruiting in other cities. The St. Louis Police Department currently has a vacancy rate of approximately 28%.

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