Small cities struggle with police shortages - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Small cities struggle with police shortages

Small cities struggle with police shortages

It's an ongoing issue that small police departments face, finding and keeping qualified officers. Most small town police chiefs say they are short staffed and that they don't have the funds they need for their department.

Westlake Police Chief Michael Dickerson said, "We have experienced an issue with finding certified qualified people to hire. We have raised our standards to become a police officer. With changing times you've got to be more adept to the changing times that we have."

Many applicants do not meet the standards that these small police departments have and it is partly due to their small budget.

Many small departments will pay to have their officers trained, taking out a significant amount of their small budget. Many will leave soon after going on to bigger departments for a bigger pay.

Iowa Police Chief Keith Vincent said, "We do the best we can with what we have and I have an outstanding group of officers and one thing that we do learn is when you don't have funding and resources is how to improvise."

With the expected growth in the area, these small town police chiefs are hopeful for more funding. With more people they say that they will need more officers.

Chief Dickerson said, "We know we might need more in the future, but then again it goes down to funding. Unless we get more funds available, we cant hire anybody."


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