Police Positions Open on Pleasure Island

Police Positions Open on Pleasure Island

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The same thing that draws thousands of tourists to Alabama's beaches is attracting hundreds of applicants to join police departments in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

"The salary is comparable. The benefits are good. Also living at the beach we deal with a different clientele than I'd say a metropolitan type cities," says Orange Beach assistant police chief Greg Duck.

The city of orange beach will hire four new officers in the coming weeks. "We are open to non-experienced officers but we would rather have experienced officers and put em on the street as soon as possible," says Duck.

Once those hires are made the Orange Beach police department will once again be at full staff, 41 officers. Something that hasn't happened since 2007.

"We've got two positions open right now." In Gulf Shores, 175 applicants from 14 states have already applied for those two jobs.

"We are literally looking for the very best person we can get for the job," says Sgt. Jason Woodruff. "We're not afraid to train them ourselves and we've sent quite a few people over to the police academy the last three years."

Previous job postings have received around a hundred applicants each. Since the city started advertising nationally those numbers have jumped but that may not be the only reason.

"Obviously I do think some of its the location. It's beautiful," says Woodruff.

Whether in Orange Beach or Gulf Shores the job of "serving and protecting" is no walk on the beach but it doesn't hurt to have this for a view.

The average salary for these six positions are in the 40 to 50 thousand dollar range.

City officials say the increase in year round tourists traffic is behind the increase in manpower.

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