Friday was an exciting day for the newest members of the Beaumont Police Department after friends and family witnessed their swearing in ceremony in the department's training room.

"Like every young kid's dream, that was it for me, to be a Police Officer," says 21-year-old Chandler Hudspeth.

Hudspeth along with 3 other new officers were sworn in Friday morning, Christopher Raymer of Orange, Robert Parsley of Port Arthur, and Ryan Whitehead of Silsbee.

"It's really exciting, something I've always looked forward too," Hudspeth says.

Quite a contrast to the nationwide number of police officer recruits.

According to ABC news, the number of law enforcement applicants has dropped more than 90 percent in some cities.

Despite that drop, some departments have become more flexible and are offering more competitive pay.

Here in Beaumont, the starting salary for first-year officers is estimated to be more than 57 thousand dollars.

"Out of all the careers, there's nothing more rewarding and exciting to do, it's definitely worth it," Hudspeth says.

All 4 police officers are from the Lamar Institute of Technology Regional Police Academy.