LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The Lafayette Police Department is looking to hire new officers. They're issuing one last push to the public before the application cut-off date on Friday, Jul. 30.
Administrators at LPD say several older officers reaching retirement at the same time this year is one major cause of the shortage they're approaching. And with some younger officers also moving on or switching career paths, it's really amplifying the gap in officers.
This past May, several officers retired after serving for decades. LPD Sgt. Ian O'Shields said it takes a few months for a new officer to be fully prepared to be out in the field, and then another year to be able to be promoted into those open positions. The application and hiring process alone takes about four months.
He's hoping people here locally who love to serve and protect others consider working in law enforcement.
"You're going to have to resolve conflict, you need the intelligence to retain criminal law and case law and know how to apply it out on the street. And the physical aspect," said O'Shields. "We need men and women in our community that are willing to respond to situations where someone's in need."
O'Shields said people who choose to get in the field will learn the job can be rewarding.
"You are provided the knowledge, the education, the tools, the skill set to go out there and solve problems. We are that entity that ensures that people are safe if they need us, if they need someone to come and help them, we are there," said O'Shields.
The application process includes a written and physical fitness test. While this application cut-off ends on Friday, they are accepting applications all year, so if you don't make it this round, you may get a chance the next round.
Click here to apply.