What Can Be Done About Police Officer Shortage?

Continued difficulty in hiring police officers is driving conversations among police chiefs and departments across the region in hopes of a solution to their staffing problems. A roundtable discussion Monday in Latrobe broached using state money for sign-up bonuses and to pay for training and certification courses, Latrobe police Chief John Sleasman said. “Oh, it’d be huge,” […]

Emporia Police Officers Granted $4K Retention Bonus

The Emporia City Council voted 4-1 to give a $4,000 retention bonus to the Emporia Police Department officers. The Virginia General Assembly approved $5,000 retention bonuses for the Virginia State Police and a $3,000 retention bonus for Sheriff’s Office deputies. The Emporia Sheriff’s Office deputies will receive the $3,000 bonus. EPD Chief Rick Pinksaw included […]