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Dwindling number of Penn. police applicants

By David O'Conner
Lancaster New Era

LANCASTER, Penn. Even as recently as the late 1990s, John Yost says, well over 100 people would apply to be a police officer in his town, New Holland, whenever there was a job opening.

But when his police department had a vacancy recently, it handed out 60 applications and had about 50 people take the required test, a "pretty low" number, says Yost, the borough's police chief.

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