The new additions will bring the total number of officers to 81.
"With the new hires, we will be able to staff a plain clothes unit assigned to daily hot spots," Georgia Tech Police Chief Teresa Crocker said in the announcement. "The expansion of the crime prevention unit will help us better address the demands of the campus community."
Two of the new officers will be assigned to crime prevention. The other three officers will be assigned to patrol -- including one officer who will work in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department in patrolling the northern border of Georgia Tech's campus, as well as the Home Park and Atlantic Station neighborhoods.
The hiring and training process could be completed as soon as 60 to 90 days, according to Crocker. But it depends on the level of experience of the officers selected. It could take several months before the officers are on the streets, she said.
In recent months, there have been several reports of robberies and other attacks on and around the Georgia Tech campus. Tech police have been looking at different options to combat the crime, including installing mobile video surveillance technology.
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