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Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says the department is looking to hire hundreds of new officers.

Williams sat down with WKYC's Russ Mitchell Wednesday to discuss the department's needs. He noted that the department is seeking young, energetic, intelligent and compassionate people to join their division.

"It’s a great career," Williams said. "It’s not just a job. You have to want to do it. It’s not something you do just to get a paycheck because there’s a lot involved. Excellent opportunities for advancement -- especially in a city like Cleveland there’s always something going on. Within the division of police, there are probably three dozen career paths that you can choose.”

The Cleveland Police Department is currently in a transition mode, Williams said, explaining that it's changing the way it handles business.

"We’ve been in that state for the past four or five years, but more specifically the last 18 months or so. A lot of people have seen that throughout the city like how we handled things during the RNC, how we’ve handled things with Second Amendment and First Amendment protests in the city. How we’ve been able to allow that to happen, encourage that to happen and keep people safe without having clashes," Williams said.

Williams also discussed Issue 32, a tax increase to benefit the department.

Williams said failure of Issue 32 will mean the department won't be able to hire all of the officers needed.

“It may result in layoffs," Williams noted. "The city’s looking at a big budget deficit going into 2017. If we can’t close that, about 80 percent of the city’s general fund budget is personnel. If you can’t close that gap you have to lay people off."

To apply for recruitment to the Cleveland Police Department, go to the city's website and sign up. There will be a testing period soon. Sign-up lasts until mid-October and an announcement will be made when the test is available online.

Watch Williams' entire interview with Russ Mitchell in the video within this story.