Elba Police department is experiencing a shortage of qualified job applicants.
However, Elba Police Chief Freddy Hanchey says that is not unusual.
Chief Hanchey says nationwide there are fewer young people pursuing a career in criminal justice.
One big issue is salary.
Elba pays its starting officers just over $10 an hour.
Often, these men and women can go to a larger department for more money.
Chief Hanchey is lobbying the city council to increase the hourly rate for starting officers and veteran policemen.