(LaPorte, IN) - Police departments in LaPorte and across the nation continue to have problems attracting new officers. Interest in becoming a law enforcement officer could be on the rise again, though. LaPorte Police Paul Brettin says there are indications difficulty with manpower could be easing up judging by recent trends. Seven new officers undergoing training and just starting their training are on their way here in the coming weeks.
Authorities say police officers under more scrutiny in recent years is a factor in young people choosing other career paths. Normally, Brettin said the police department has had 44 officers but that number in recent years has dipped into the '30s.