Public safety tops the priority list for city council, and they have given the green light to hire enough staff so there would be two officers for every thousand citizens. But the problem is, Lubbock police can't seem to get enough applicants.
Corporal Jason Jones has been assigned one job, recruiting new officers. "If I can do it, anyone can do it." Jones admits the application process can be grueling, it takes about four months to complete the application, interviews, physical and written exams. As the newest member of the recruitment team, Jones hopes that others can understand the opportunity that LPD has given him. "Everyday when I go home, I learn something new."
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The next police academy starts February 14th with 45 recruits, the largest class in history. But the Corporal tells us even if all 45 graduate, that will not even make up half of the officers needed.
LPD spends thousands on applicants who might not make the final phase, but for those who move on, pay starts at over $37,000 with full benefits during the 23 week academy training.
If you are 21, have a high school degree and a pretty clean record, you are exactly what the force is looking for. To apply, you have until April 2nd to contact the police recruiter Corporal Jason Jones at (806) 775-2844.