FLORALA, Ala. (WDHN) — Florala police Chief Sonny Bedsole has three vacancies in his eight-member department, but he’s not alone.
Most area law enforcement agencies are searching for qualified officers.
Before assuming the role of chief, Bedsole retired as an Alabama Beverage Control agent.
He said the nationwide effort to defund police agencies is taking a psychological toll locally.
“It’s amazing that the people that come in will put applications in,” Bedsole said. “They’ll have domestic violence convictions or assault convictions. Even had one that was convicted of possessing cocaine and drug paraphernalia, but those are not the type of people who I want representing me or representing this town.”
Bedsole said area communities are doing what they can to attract potential police officers to their departments.