OPD introduces new recruits and talks officer shortage

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ODESSA, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- With agencies around the Permian Basin struggling to fill positions OPD is no exception.

“We try to have closer to 10 or 15, however, I believe we only had like five or six in the last one so eight you know we will take eight,” says Cpl. Steve LeSueur with OPD.

Along with medical benefits they offer educational support to their employees he  hopes that this will help them with recruitment. “You become a Police Officer and you go back and want to obtain your Bachelors or your Masters Degree and the City pays for 100% of that tuition and they also pay for I believe 80% of your book fee’s. There are so many benefits that we offer here.”

One recruit, Gabby Carrasco, speaking to the power of a community that invests in their future. “A year ago I applied as a recruit intern they pay for my school, I’ve gotten to go to autopsies, do ride alongs, be with detectives and stuff like that so it’s been really fun and and now I’m in the Academy.”

Carrasco says she is ready to be out in the field. “I wanted to be in law enforcement to help others and to you know make a difference, change someones life in a good way whether it’s putting a bad guy away or maybe helping somebody who might be addicted to drugs and getting them help.”

One of her fellow recruits, Joe Duron, sharing the same sentiment. “I just want to help out the community and if they need assistance then we’re here to help.”

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