Mayor Robert Palmieri announced today that the number of applicants to take the Utica Police Exam has set a record.

A total of 508 people applied to take the test this year, which is a record for the city.

"I commend Police Chief Mark Williams, Captain Dave Mickle and the entire Utica Police Department for doing an extraordinary job in reaching out and spreading the word about the police examination," Palmieri said. "With no money in the budget for advertising, the Police Department, through the use of social media, and communication and collaboration with community organizations, achieved this record number of applicants."

"During our recruiting campaign we worked in partnership with our community leaders, local media and businesses to diversify the department and build stronger ties with the community," Chief Williams said. "I want to thank everyone who participated in our successful recruitment drive. We haven't seen large number of applicants like this in decades."