ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany and Dougherty County law enforcement agencies are stepping up their recruiting efforts.
They're finding it tougher to fill open positions.
The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office has been putting up help wanted posters across town. The Albany Police have produced a recruitment video. They need good people, and are working hard to hire the best.
The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office has 30 vacancies...and call the hiring need right now significant.
Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Jail Director Colonel John Ostrander said "We're deep in vacancies. Overtime money is being spent far too quickly. I'd rather get more people in the door."
The Albany Police Department has two dozen open positions, and have stepped up their recruiting efforts.
Albany Police Chief Michael Persley said "We're no just competing against other law enforcement agencies, we're competing against corporate America. We want our best and brightest that the community has to offer to come out and become police officers."
Albany Police are looking to make their agency more desirable and attractive to younger applicants.
Persley said "Technology is key to Generation Y. Social media, social networking, there is so many things. It's a faster pace, so with our recruiting efforts we have to make sure that we tailor to those needs."
The Sheriff's Office says they know law enforcement does not pay the best,.....and some people worry about the danger. But they say few other jobs are more rewarding.
Ostrander said "They have to have more of a desire to serve, than a desire to be wealthy or a desire to be safe even. But if they've got that desire to serve their community, this is a great place to do it."
Both Albany Police and the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office have stepped up their recruiting efforts, with open positions wanting good people.
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