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'We're hoping to hire at least 10 people': Oregon police face wave of retirements

The Eugene Police Department is just one of the agencies seeing employees retire and many positions open up. "We're hoping to hire at least 10 people. We've had a huge group retire," Officer Michele Jones Conner says. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore.- If you're looking for a job, heads up: There are dozens of law enforcement positions opening throughout Oregon.

Even more are expected to open upwithin the next few years.

Here's why:

Many law enforcement employees hired in the 1980s are at retirement age. When they retire, their positions will open up to new applicants.

"We are seeing a huge influx of people retiring, which is causing a shortage for us," Officer Michele Jones Conner with the Eugene Police Department says.

The Eugene Police Department is just one of the agencies seeing employees retire and many positions open up.

"We're hoping to hire at least 10 people. We've had a huge group retire," Officer Michele Jones Conner says.

There are currently ten entry-level police officer jobs open at the Eugene Police Department. Jones Conner says you can find the application on the Eugene Police website.

Eriks Gabliks, the Director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, says 400 people retired from law enforcement jobs in 2017. He expects another 400 to 500 to retire in 2018, and the same amount to retire in 2019.

"There's probably never been a better opportunity because of the number of vacancies we're currently working on, and that we anticipate," Gabliks says.

That's why several agencies have partnered to create a database of open law enforcement jobs.

The database features each job's title, contact person, and salary.

It's updated daily with positions that vary from police officer, to 911 dispatcher, to communications director.

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