Resignations Leave Need for Officers in Bastrop Police Dept.

BASTROP (KTVE/KARD) -- Bastrop Mayor Arthur Jones reports to KTVE/KARD the police department has seen three resignations in the last month, leaving a hole behind that needs filling.

"We're advertising for as many as we can get. I know we need at least three or four," said Jones.

The reasons for the resignations?

Mayor Jones said it comes down to pay competition with other departments.

According to Jones, some younger officers are leaving because of the pay without staying to collect what he calls Bastrop's competitive benefits.

"We have had some officers come in and stay two years, get their experience and then leave," Jones said. "We did have one leave for the pay. We may not have one of the highest pay, but we've got some nice benefits."

Now, the city is looking for potential candidates to put on the badge.

The job comes with qualifications, though, including passing a civil service exam.

"You've got a psychological test that he has to pass. He has to go through a background check, 21 years of age," said Jones.

Candidates are not allowed to have any felony crimes on their record.

Since Bastrop's most recent homicide happened just earlier this month, city leaders are hoping to quickly replenish the ranks.

"You don't know what's going to happen from minute to minute," said Jones. "The more officers you see, the less likely you're going to have problems."

The city is also looking to hire other civil service officers including radio operators and firefighters.

If you're interested in applying, you can pick up an application at the Bastrop Police Department at 202 East Jefferson Avenue.

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