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Elizabethtown Police looking for recruits as eight officers retire

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's unusual for eight officers to retire at the same time, but that's what's happening at the Elizabethtown Police Department.

When the police force is fully staffed, there are 49 sworn officers.

"Very rarely do we lose this many officers all at one time," said Sgt. David Fegett.

Sgt. Fegett says it's just coincidence that so many of their officers are set to retire in the same year.

"When you lose that many officers, we really need to replace those individuals," he told WDRB.

He says the community shouldn't worry. Current officers are stepping up to fill the void, but in the meantime, E-town police have stepped up their recruiting efforts with a new video.

"The city is not going to be affected by this manpower issue," Sgt. Fegett said. "We're just putting on a recruiting effort to try to get as many applicants as we possibly can to get these folks hired, trained and back on the road."

The officers retiring are seasoned, many of them having served 20+ years and on special teams like narcotics and negotiations.

"It's a hard hit to lose somebody with that kind of experience," says Fegett. And it takes about a year to train new recruits.

"We are looking for service-oriented people," he added. "I can't stress that enough. We're looking for folks who want to give back to the community, want to serve the community."

Sgt. Fegett says the police department has the resources to properly train anyone -- but they need the right types of people to come forward. He says now is the best time.

"We can teach you how to fight, how to chase after the bad guys. What we can't teach and what we're looking for in an individual is somebody that cares, somebody that has compassion. Those are things we can't teach as an agency, so those are some of the key factors we're looking for in our recruit so to speak."

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