Gulf Breeze faces shortage of police applicants

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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