MILDURA police will step up efforts to recruit locals into the force as they combat a “significant” staffing shortage.
Inspector John Nolan said a series of vacancies opening up in lower level positions coupled with several staff away on sick leave had left local police short of numbers.
To tackle the issue, Insp Nolan said police would increase recruitment activities locally, in a bid to lure more Sunraysia residents to careers in the force.
He said locals who were considering signing up would almost certainly be able to remain in the community after their training.
"People from Mildura often think if they join the police force, they'll have to go down to Melbourne - it's actually the contrary," he said.
Mildura's top cop said new recruits made their way to the region either voluntarily or by direction in a program that sends young officers to areas where there are staff shortages.
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