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Hobbs police has started another hiring push despite an oil downturn in eastern New Mexico.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the Hobbs Police Department has launched a new hiring campaign as the agency is experiencing a shortage in officers. Captain Charles Cunningham says the department is doing an extensive recruiting effort in Hobbs and the Lea County area before an initial testing date on June 11.

Hobbs and surrounding police departments in eastern New Mexico have faced an officer shortage because of the oil boom in recent years. But despite gas prices falling, some agencies still have struggled to find qualified applicants.

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