Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Bill May Change Police Hiring

A bill waiting for the Govenor's signature may help small law enforcement agencies hire police officers.
The main obstacles for smaller departments are lower pay, less benefits, and commuting costs and obscurity as deterrents.

But a new bill passed by the Texas Legislature might help.

Texas House Bill 2580, which is waiting for Gov. Perry's signature, calls for development and promotion of a statewide employment Internet site on which law enforcement job openings from around the state would be posted.

The site would also run applicants through background checks, saving departments time and money later on.

The bill has the support of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, and Charlie Wilkinson of that group, says it would make it easier for out of town candidates to apply. Source:

This should be a good thing for small agencies and for officers looking for a job in a smaller community.

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