FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — Ask any police officer on the force and they will tell you law enforcement is a rewarding career–something they have always wanted to do. But finding those officers is getting tougher and tougher for police departments around the country.
On display at the Foley Police Department Thursday afternoon, all the bells and whistles of the department, both outside and in.
It’s the latest effort to recruit qualified applicants to serve on the force. “In this day and time there is not as many people that are interested in law enforcement and that’s one of the reasons we are reaching out to people,” says Deputy Chief Thurston Bullock.
The shortage of officers blamed on low pay, long hours and the inherent danger. For some, none of that matters. For London Marcella and Hailey Woods, it’s something they’ve always wanted to do.
“We’re still in high school,” says Marcella, “but we want to explore what division we want to go into.”
There are others, like J. R. Renkenberger, that just want to make a contribution. “I really really appreciate how safe they keep our community.”
In a day and age when the job seems more dangerous than ever for those truly called to serve, there’s no hesitation. “Of course you always have the thought in the back of your head that all these things could happen to me,” says Marcella. “But I just got to put my faith and trust in God. I feel like this is something that I was meant to do.”
Foley Police currently have three openings; a police officer, corrections officer and in communications. You can apply for any of those jobs online.