ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Both the Midland Police Department and the Odessa Police Department are looking to recruit more officers. According to lawenforcementedu.net, in Texas, it takes 1,280 hours to become an officer.
Jimmy Young, the Recruiting & Personnel Sgt. at MPD said, “It was always my dream to be a Police Officer and I didn’t think I could do it but you know I’ve been here 18 years now and to serve and protect the community is the greatest reward.”
“Not only do you have to have a lot of training to become an officer but once you become a Police Officer you’re still constantly receiving training every year,” said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, the OPD Communications Officer.
OPD is 35 officers short of their 182 officer budget and MPD is 38 officers short of their 195 officer budget.
Young said, “We’re recruiting everywhere and we have been really fortunate because we want the best of the best.”
According to LeSueur, “There is a lot of opportunities here, there is also a lot of great opportunity to advance very quickly here.”
The starting salary at OPD is around $56,000 and a new officer at MPD will get paid around $60,000. However, both said with overtime, a college education, and other incentives a new officer can make much more and bring in around $70,000 annually.
Cpl. Steve LeSueur said, “The police academy lasts several months where you learn the state and federal laws and then we do have a program where you learn the department policies, the city ordinances, things like that and then after that, you go through the field training program and then you are placed on probation for a year.”
“We are always out there helping each other. We all have one common goal and that is to put bad guys in jail,” said Jimmy Young with MPD.