Apr 4, 2013 4:08 PM by Mike Manzoni -- email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Dealing with shrinking ranks after a wave of retirements, the Corpus Christi Police Department is searching for cadets to join its academy, something that has proved difficult.
The department lost 16 veteran officers who retired earlier this year, and it expects to lose between 20 and 25 additional officers each year over the next several years.
"It's the competition. I was just on the phone with the City of Dallas. They're looking for recruits. We're looking for recruits," said Chief Floyd Simpson.
Simpson said the officers who retired in January had a combined 604 years of experience on the force, something that cannot be replaced. He said the recruits are also getting younger which poses additional issues because there are fewer experienced officers.
The next police academy starts in August, and is scheduled to have at least 25 cadets. Simpson, however, said he would like to hire 30 cadets to more aggressively deal with the department's attrition.