Police department seeks a few good candidates


March 23, 2022

Scott Swanson

Police Chief Jeff Lynn speaks with a motorist while on a recent patrol.

Staff shortages affect many organizations these days. The Sweet Home Police Department is no exception.

At the beginning of 2021, it had 15 officers taking calls, down from 16 at the beginning of the previous year. Now that number's dropped to seven, including Police Chief Jeff Lynn and Captain Jason Ogden, who have both been on patrol, responding to calls and performing other tasks normally reserved for regular officers.

What happened?

Four officers left law enforcement last year to work in the private sector. A fifth departed during field training. Two transferred to other police depart...

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