Dallas has 344 percent increase in applications for police jobs
The Dallas Police Department, which was struggling to recruit officers, has seen a surge in job applications after the ambush shooting this month that killed five officers and brought global attention to the Texas city, officials said on Friday.The Dallas Police Chief had challenged the demonstrators to apply for jobs after the shooting deaths of five Dallas cops. It looks like he will have a lot to pick from after the department had been struggling to fill police academy slots.
During the 12 days following the July 7 shooting, the department said it got 467 job applications, a 344 percent increase compared with the 136 in a similar period in June.
That is an average of 38.9 requests per day to become a police recruit compared with an average of 11.3 submissions a day for 12 days in June. In recent months, the police department has had to cancel academy classes because there were not enough applicants.