Electra P. D: Officers Wanted - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Electra P.D: Officers Wanted

The Electra Police Department is down 4 full time officers, leaving only Chief Johnny Morris, another full time officer a part time sergeant to patrol the city.

Two spots have been open for about 3 months, and on Wednesday 2 more officers gave notice they were leaving. Chief Morris said one officer was leaving for another opportunity and the other was going to work in the oil fields where he would get better pay and benefits. 

Morris said a steady stream of new recruits is not unfamiliar to his department, adding he takes some pride in knowing young officers can come to Electra for a first job and to gain some experience.

Still, he said its not easy to find constant help. Morris said, "What we have trouble with in small towns or communities is you have to have a right person to work in law enforcement. If we were in it for the money we'd all starve to death."

The shortage will leave Chief Morris and his other full time officer working longer hours. He said, "Normally we work an 8 hour shift. This is going to make myself and the other officer work a 12 hour shift. Then my sergeant will fill in so one of us can have some time off." Even at full capacity the department only has one officer working at a time.

Electra P. D also has mutual aid agreements with departments in the surrounding areas and the Wichita County sheriffs Office in case of emergency or scheduling conflicts. It's those agreements that keep residents feeling safe. Shirley Monroe said, "Knowing that you have a backup out there will make you feel a little better."

Monroe added that even with the depleted force she still has confidence in the Electra Police. She said, "I've been here my whole life, never had a problem and the time that I needed them they were the most courteous and they watched over me.

When Chief Morris and the city are able to fill the department's four  vacancies it will still take 6-14 weeks before those officers will be out on patrol.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6
@JackLamson

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • The Latest: Jazz rookie Mitchell wins slam dunk contest

    The Latest: Jazz rookie Mitchell wins slam dunk contest

    Saturday, February 17 2018 1:50 PM EST2018-02-17 18:50:09 GMT
    Sunday, February 18 2018 3:43 AM EST2018-02-18 08:43:18 GMT

    Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among the 13 finalists for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among the 13 finalists for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Trump criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

    Trump criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

    Sunday, February 18 2018 12:00 AM EST2018-02-18 05:00:33 GMT
    Sunday, February 18 2018 3:40 AM EST2018-02-18 08:40:44 GMT

    President Donald Trump is criticizing the FBI over its handling of a tip on the suspect in the Florida school shooting, says bureau spending too much time on Russia probe.

    President Donald Trump is criticizing the FBI over its handling of a tip on the suspect in the Florida school shooting, says bureau spending too much time on Russia probe.

  • Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

    Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

    Saturday, February 17 2018 4:10 PM EST2018-02-17 21:10:10 GMT
    Sunday, February 18 2018 3:38 AM EST2018-02-18 08:38:16 GMT

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.

Powered by Frankly