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Yorkville Police department looking for help

Updated: Thursday, August 7 2014, 06:05 PM EDT
YORKVILLE, Ohio -- The Yorkville Police Department has been spending a fortune in overtime because it is in desperate need of part-time officers.
Police Chief John Morelli said he started noticing a major decrease in officers about 2 years ago when the oil and gas began booming. A lot of part-time and full-time employees went after those higher paying jobs.
Morelli said after Friday, he'll already have about 14 hours of overtime.
"We have full-time, as well as myself, working extra overtime hours just to keep our department up to the 24-hour standard," Morelli said.
Another reason they’re losing people?
Physical fitness exams, which include running, sit-ups, and push-ups.
"I think you have a smaller amount of officers actually coming through and finishing the academy,” Morelli said. “And I think that hurts and could potentially throw a case of good officers away because they can't meet the requirements for the physical part, (such as) meeting a time limit on a run."
So what's the solution to acquiring more officers?
Morelli said he tried to increase the salaries but right now they just can't afford to do that.
"Unfortunately, like I said, with economy and budget crunches as far as the state, as well as the mill not being opened up again, that's all been hurting our economy here in the village."
Not only are they in need of part-time employees, but they also could use full-timers. They have only 15 in total -- 13 part-time and two full-time officers.

Yorkville Police department looking for help

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