The Web site for American Police Force, the California company working on a contract to fill Hardin's empty jail, is temporarily down.
Becky Shay, APF's public relations director, said the Web site, www.americanpolicegroup.com, crashed because it has received more job applications than the server can handle. APF has received at least 2,000 applications, many of which are for jobs at the 464-bed jail in Hardin.
"The surge came after the announcement for Hardin," she said. "Our Web site is getting 20,000 to 30,000 hits a day, and a lot of those are job applications."
Applications and information submitted before the site crashed are safe, Shay said, and have not been lost. The site could be back up later this afternoon, and the goal is to have it back up and running by the end of the night.
Those wishing to submit applications can resend their information later today, when the site is back up, or attend a two-day job fair scheduled the week of Oct. 12. Exact details for the fair have not yet been finalized.