Wanted: A Few Good Men And Women

Lexington police say they need a few good men and women to join their police force.

The city is facing a serious shortage of officers and now police are pleading to the public to step up and serve.

Chief Anthany Beatty is all to aware of that void; he says the department is in the red when it comes to the boys in blue.

New officers haven't been put on the road in over a year and Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry says that's gonna change.

A big part of getting those 50 new officers on the road is finding 50 qualified people in the next few months, but it's no short process.

The 50 new recruits will likely start their training in November, but before that they'll have to clear a number of hurdles.

Chief Beatty says passing those tests is difficult which could make finding 50 qualified officers in just a few months even harder.

But Beatty says he won't lower the achievement bar. Police started accepting applications Wednesday, if you're interested contact Lexington police.

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  • by sheryl Location: lexington on Jul 1, 2007 at 09:13 PM
    I have always had the love for law enforcement and even went to the military to get the knowledge i need to get my foot in the door in the civilian life to be a police officer as well as busting butt to finish my education in criminal justice, i did apply and look very forward to my test date that i just got in the mail!
  • by Tina Location: Richmond on Jun 29, 2007 at 10:33 PM
    My husband went through the process of trying to become a police officer in Lexington last year and there were about 500 applicants. So there are plenty of people who want the job, just not enough qualify people. Also the people that started the academy made it to the final two weeks before graduation and they were told they were not going to be hired.
  • by Donnie Location: Georgetown on Jun 29, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    Also, if Lexington Police would increase their yearly salary after benefits, there would be plenty of applicants. No on wants to put their life on the line for $30,000/year. Plus, civil liabilities officers are responsible for in certain instances. Just not worth it!
  • by Dennis J. Location: Florida on Jun 29, 2007 at 11:01 AM
    I lived in Washington, DC when they had a shortage of Police Officers. They lower the standards and hired enough to fill their ranks. Then several officers were arrested for a variety of crimes. When they traced back they discovered the officers came from the classes where the standards were lowered. Don't lower the standards!!!
  • by Robin Location: Lexington on Jun 29, 2007 at 04:57 AM
    If the laws were changed to let people with minor violations apply, there would be more people applying for this job. Say a person had a TBUT from a bad check several years back, they would not be eligible for the job. Maybe that person made that one error and it caused them to not qualify for numerous jobs in Lexington. That's what's wrong with the employers here. They see things on a police report, don't ask questions but deny an applicant. And then the city wonders why there are so many people leaving Lexington. Its because of this that makes people want to leave.
  • by Larry Location: Richmond, Ky on Jun 28, 2007 at 05:18 PM
    If i wasn't deaf, i would put in for the police job. I have always wanted to be part of the law enforcment every since i were a kid. I don't think they will accept the deaf to be part of it.


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