Help is wanted at police departments across Massachusetts, but chiefs say applicants are hard to find.

“We certainly want to hire good, quality candidates,” said Attleboro Police Chief Kyle Heagney. “But what is going on nationally is affecting us here in the Commonwealth.”

With police protests now occupying the public consciousness, these agencies are having a hard time filling vacant jobs, CBS reports.

Massachusetts chiefs say the state’s antiquated Civil Service system also keeps them from hiring the most qualified candidates.

“This candidate isn’t as good as this candidate and then Civil Service steps in and says ‘Well we are going to tell you to hire that person anyway,’” Mansfield Police Chief Ron Sellon said.

With the public demanding change in police departments, Chief Heagney has a suggestion. “If you want change in policing, please come join us. Change the profession from within.”

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