The challenges in recruiting uniformed police officers that have plagued some major metropolitan areas are new to Gulf Breeze.
“This is the first time in 25 years that I have no (qualified) applicants” waiting for the next patrol officer opening on the city’s full-time staff of 18, said Gulf Breeze Police Chief Robert Randle.
“We’ve usually got a group of people that we’re evaluating, but now we don’t,” Randle said. To be sure, he routinely receives applications from people who flunk the department’s drug test or background checks.
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