AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department has a shortage of police officers with about 100 unfilled positions listed on the City of Austin website.
Monday is the deadline to apply for the 2019 police academy but officials say it has been hard to get people to apply.
“I think a lot of people get talked out of it,” said Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday. “Law enforcement has gone so far in the other direction that I know several officers have just demanded that their kids not apply to the police department and not go into law enforcement because they know the criticisms and the way officers are treated and they don’t want to see their children going through that.”
Casaday says over the years, not only has the number of applicants to the police academy reduced but the quality has suffered as well.
“(Applicants) can’t have too much debt, you can’t be defaulting on debt, you can’t be using drugs,” he said. “Believe it or not, we have a lot of people who are getting kicked out for prostitution, that admitted to prostitution.”
Casaday says the department is in need of good applicants to the academy.
“We’re looking for people that want to be police officers. We’re not looking for people that just want a paycheck,” he said.
For more information on how to apply for the Austin Police Academy, you can visit the APD recruiting website.