The City of Flint has begun the process to hire 10-12 new police officers, about a 10 percent increase according to WNEM.

The process begins just a few weeks after voters approved a public safety millage.

The department has seen about 40 officers laid off over the past few years and right now has about 120 officers on staff.

WNEM goes on to say the positions just went online a few days ago, but the department has been receiving inquiries the past few weeks. The new officers hired are expected to start working in February.