ODESSA, TX (KWES)
It's a problem the Odessa Police Department has been dealing with for a while, a shortage of officers.
Right now, the Odessa Police Department is looking to fill 26 positions.
Police tell NewsWest9, they've lost several officers over the last couple of years because of the oilfield.
More openings at the department will be available by the end of the year.
The base salary for an officer starts at $55,000 but that's not it.
Being a police officer has great incentives including medical benefits, taking home a patrol car and adding an extra $700 to each monthly paycheck.
However, police say it's not easy and it's a long process to becoming an officer.
"One of the biggest challenges we face is that to become a police officer takes approximately 9 to 10 months for training. So there's a lot of training that's entailed with it,” said Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department.
The academy lasts about four and a half to five months.
The next session will start in January.