Midstate police department offering incentives for new hires

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Police departments across the country are struggling to find enough people interested in the job.

Hendersonville Police have seen a drop in the number of applicants over the last few years. For the first time, Hendersonville is offering certified officers a $2,000 bonus for joining its police department.

The current starting salary for an officer in Hendersonville is $37,800. Officials hope to raise the salary to $40,000.

"Young people that are just starting families that have kids to care for, by the time they take care of their family and pay medical expenses, it can definitely be a burden," Hendersonville Police Commander Scott Ryan said. "You can live on that. It may not be up to your standard of living or whatever but there's a lot of people who live on a lot less."

Ryan said a lot of officers work multiple jobs to make ends meet.

"I didn't think it was a good paying job but I didn't think they had to work three to four jobs," Hendersonville resident Renee Caudle said. "It would be hard to find someone who would want to take on that line of work because they're put their life on the line not knowing if they're going to go home to their family every night."

Hendersonville has 113 sworn officers now and hopes to eventually have 135.

The deadline to apply for this next round of hiring is July 6.

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