CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The Charleston Police Department is hiring new faces in an effort to fight a nationwide shortage in law enforcement officers.
The department held a recruitment open house Saturday morning at its training center downtown.
Training Coordinator Paul Roach told WSAZ.com there's a big need for more officers.
"Nationwide, we're short on numbers and minorities and females," he said. "It's almost like a dying breed of occupation."
Roach says it's often a struggle to attract young people to the force.
"The salaries are not as competitive as private industry," he said. "You definitely want to have to do it for more than monetary reasons. You want to be able to help people and the community."
Dalton Lipscomb attended the open house and says that's why he's interested in the job. He wants to serve by cracking down on prescription drug abuse in the community.
"I've seen it tear family and friends apart," he said. "I grew up around it, so I'd like to eradicate it."
Charleston Police say the deadline to apply is Oct. 1. They say anyone between the ages of 18-40 can apply.
West Virginia State Police say they also need more manpower. They're especially looking for women and minorities.