HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Huntington Police Department is hiring.

“We need a person of high integrity that’s motivated to do law enforcement work and to go out and help folks, hardworking,” said Cpt. Hank Dial of the ideal candidates.

Currently, Dial said 95 officers work for the Huntington Police Department which is budgeted for 103 positions.

In addition to the existing vacant spots, several retirements are pending which is the reason for a renewed recruitment push.

Dial told MetroNews three new officers would likely be hired from the current recruitment list with as many as five to ten hires coming over the next year from the list of recruits now being formed.

Applications are available at the Huntington City Clerk’s Office located at Huntington City Hall, 800 5th Avenue, and online HERE.

Those applying must be between the ages of 18 and 41 and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

At the end of the application period, applicants will undergo physical agility and written tests along with background, polygraph and physical examinations plus psychological testing and an interview.

Those who clear the testing will be added to the Policemen’s Civil Service Commission hiring list which lasts for three years or until it’s exhausted.

The starting salary for a police officer in Huntington is $36,228 plus benefits, according to city officials.

At the beginning of this year, 11 Huntington police officers were laid off for budget reasons.

“I think we’ve gotten that behind us. I do not anticipate layoffs again. We’ve hired a good deal of those officers back,” Dial said.

He’s worked for the Huntington Police Department since 1991.

“The best thing about working here is the officers that you work with day in and day out,” said Dial who is eligible for retirement himself on Jan. 1.

At this point, Cpt. Dial said he does not know when he’ll retire.

“When you get to work in the field you love with consummate professionals, there’s nothing better than that.”

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