LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Police Department is dealing with a manpower shortage.
"There are currently 12 fewer officers working the streets than when the department is at full capacity," a press release stated. "That is over 15 percent of the department's commissioned officers."
According to the press release, the City of Lufkin has hired people to fill some of the empty slots. However, those individuals are in different stages of training, including waiting to go to the police academy, in the police academy, and in the field training program.
"The earliest any of these individuals will be out working on their own will be in October," the press release stated. "Even when counting these probationary officers, the department is still short."
As a result, the Lufkin Police Department is seeking to hire five new police officers. The City of Lufkin will be administering an entrance civil service examination at 9 a.m. on August 20 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center located at 601 N. Second Street.
All individuals who are interested in taking the entrance exam must complete a City of Lufkin Personal Information form which is available at www.cityoflufkin.com and City of Lufkin Human Resources Dept., 300 E. Shepherd St., Room 226, Lufkin.
The completed forms must be received by August 13, 2014 at 5 p.m.
"The Lufkin Police Department is working diligently to fill these positions and is dedicated to continuing to provide the citizens if Lufkin with the proper protection and service that they deserve" the press release stated.