Mount Olive PD faces staff shortage

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The Mount Olive Police Department is dealing with a staff shortage.

According to Jammie Royall, town manager, the department is operating at 74% staffed. There are currently 14 officers on staff and five positions vacant.

“People are just not applying for a job in law enforcement like they used to,” said Royall. “This is a tough time for law enforcement. There are so many things going on and so many changes. People are not seeking a job in the profession today.”

Graduates from criminal justice programs have declined.

MOPD stays in close contact with authorities in criminal justice programs in Wayne and Duplin counties.

Assistant Chief John Duncan said the shortage of officers creates an ongoing problem.

“We are supposed to have three officers on duty on a shift and have only two,” Duncan said. “It is easy to see what that does to the work load of those on duty.”

Duncan said personnel are shuffled around so the best possible service can be provided to the people of Mount Olive.

The starting salary for a Mount Olive Police Officer is $36,372.

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