By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Three police officers recently resigned from the Corinth Police Department, Chief Ralph Dance said.
The mayor and board of aldermen accepted the resignations of the officers Tuesday night.
The board on Tuesday also hired an officer who is already certified and previously worked for the Corinth Police Department, Dance added.
The three officers resigned for various reasons. One took another law enforcement job in Tupelo where she lives. Another went to work for a trucking company for more money. Another was unable to meet standards involving shooting a firearm, Dance said.
Other departments are also facing challenges when it comes to hiring and retaining qualified officers, Dance noted. Law enforcement is a “calling” and “not for everyone,” he said.
Some officers may stay with a department a short time to get trained and then go to another agency for more money, the chief said.
When a 41-person department such as Corinth loses three officers it hurts, Dance said. But the department will continue to provide the needed services, he added.
Currently, the department is a few officers short and will soon have three officers on active duty with the National Guard for 12 to 14 months.
Two other officers will soon go to the law enforcement academy.