Some area police forces are scrambling to come up with new recruits.
Borger police are now doing something they haven't done in fifteen years... pay for a recruit's training, books, a car, gas and a salary too. For academy student Justin Farmer, it's made all the difference. It is hard with families, he says. You can't just quit a job and go to a daytime academy because it is like a full time job, Farmer says.
The free tuition and extras are in exchange for a three year commitment from farmer to the Borger police department. Farmer points out more people would become police officers if they had a similar opportunity. A captain at the station tells us officers there often leave for higher paying jobs in bigger towns or the private sector.