Amarillo's misery could be LPD's good fortune - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/22/09

Amarillo's misery could be LPD's good fortune

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK (KCBD) - Amarillo police may have unwittingly given Lubbockites a very valuable Christmas gift. 

Monday, news broke in Amarillo that the city had postponed its police academy from January 7th to sometime in July. The city cited a lack of money in the budget. Fifteen cadets had already been through the entire hiring process. Now instead of having a job they have a long wait. 

Lubbock police Captain Greg Stevens says he knew before the news broke, and had already taken action.  However, in doing some research, Stevens says Lubbock cannot hire the Amarillo cadets without going through the same hiring process all over. He says it's because of federal EEOC guidelines, TCLEOSE rules, and Texas Civil Service rules. 

But Stevens says Lubbock can offer the cadets a rock solid chance to apply for an academy this summer in Lubbock whereas Amarillo might or might not have the money to go forward later this year. "It's a recruiting opportunity and that's how we view it," Stevens tells NewsChannel 11.

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