Seasonal Police Officer Applicants Down in Sussex County
DEWEY BEACH, Del. - Seasonal Police Officers are at a minimum this year in Sussex County.
Seasonal officers are part-time officers who help full-time officers during the summer months when the population swells with incoming tourists. Seasonal officers are popular in coastal resort communities, like Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach. However, officers there says applications for seasonal officers this year are down.
Dewey Beach currently has 23 seasonal officers, but Sgt. Cliff Dempsey of the Dewey Beach Police Department says less people are trying to join the force.
"The seasonal staff is necessary, and we depend greatly on them," says Sgt. Dempsey. "They are our backbone in the summer time. They're handling most of our complaints."
Despite being part-time, the seasonal officers still make plenty of arrests.
"We constantly watch over them and assist them through their criminal arrests and through their local ordinance arrests, and we make sure the job's properly being done," says Sgt. Dempsey. "We couldn't do it without them."
Dempsey says the department may look into raising salaries in order to attract more applicants, if this trend continues in Sussex County.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:49:09 GMT
Two Maryland State Police troopers were cleared Wednesday for their roles in a deadly shooting that occurred at the Salisbury barrack in March, according to a report from the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office.More
Two Maryland State Police troopers have been cleared in connection with a deadly shooting that occurred at the Salisbury barrack in March, according to a report released Wednesday by the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office. More
America's coolest small town is not the quietest. An alarm malfunction earlier this month left the town's fire sirens ringing for an extended period of time.That incident got residents fired up and now they want to remove the sirens that have been a fixture in Berlin for many years.?More