NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - While several communities are talking police layoffs to help budget deficits, one local city is bucking that trend.
Norwood is hiring five officers this year to fill vacant positions.
"With all of the sheriffs department people being laid off, and the city talking about laying off, you know it's a hard process to get through, competing with all of those other people who have more experience than I do," said Officer Michael Borchers with Norwood Police.
But for Borchers, passion and perseverance certainly paid off.
"I feel that this is my calling," he said. "I get to help people and I get to work with the public."
Borchers was a new recruit hired four months ago after several retirements left the force under-manned.
"That brought our compliment down from 54 officers down to 49," said Captain Keith Belleman. "Fortunately with the current economy, we were able to replace those officers."
City officials say they are not immune to tough economic times. They've just been vigilant, watching every dollar and every penny.
"These are basic services that people expect us to provide," said Mayor Thomas Williams.
Williams say those police hires were only possible because the city had been saving and looking at ways to cut costs for years.
It's a lesson the "Gem of the Highlands" learned when the city's GM plant left decades ago.
"The old saying goes, if you forget history you are doomed to repeat it. I won't forget it, and that is our philosophy," said Williams.
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