Job Applications for Dallas PD Triple
Following the eruption of Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Dallas three weeks ago, Police Chief David Brown told protesters to apply for a job in law enforcement.
Brown made the suggestion as a possible solution to fixing problems with police departments.
“We’re hiring,” Brown said at a news conference. “Get off that protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood and help you resolve some of those problems.”
The Washington Post reports that since the announcement, employment applications to the Dallas Police Department have tripled since July 7 — the day when a shooting that killed five officers and wounded seven took place.
Whether any of the applicants were protesters remains unknown.
From June 8 to June 20, the department received roughly 11 applications per day. From July 8 to July 20, it received close to 40 per day. Recently, the department was forced to cancel training academy classes for a lack of recruits.
The Dallas shooting was the deadliest event in the country for members of U.S. law enforcement since the September 11th attacks.
The turnover rate in the department, which employs 3,500 officers, was 6.8 percent during fiscal 2015, the highest in Brown’s six-year tenure and the highest since the 1980s.
During fiscal year 2016, the city budgeted to hire 200 new officers. About 200 officers leave the department on average, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Photo: Dallas Police Chief David Brown, AP Images