Bel Aire police hiring officers to make up for shortage

The Bel Aire Police Department is in a hiring mode due to a temporary shortage of officers.

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Bel Aire, KAN. -- The Bel Aire Police Department is funded for nine officers. But the former police chief had to resign for health reasons, another officer is out on military duty and another is on administrative leave.

Interim police Chief Troy Griggs says the department has hired two officers. They are in training, a process that can take months. Griggs says despite that, the city is well protected. "We've been doing very well keeping our case load and responding to emergency calls for service", Griggs said. "I'm very proud of our personnel."

And he's not alone. Bel Aire resident Bob Hollingsworth says he feels secure with local police on the job. "I've seen that they've done a good job", Hollingsworth said. "I've seen they do their patrols. I've seen not very much crime around this area. I feel safe at night."

Griggs says with one officer headed to the academy in March and another in June, the officers on hand will have more help on the way soon. Griggs said he feels good about the hiring process and he's confident the department can keep up with any demands in the future.

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