It’s no secret that many qualified people are just simply not interested
Are police applications declining?
There is no doubt that policing in this day and age has proven difficult, but has that affected new applicants applying for the position of police officer?
Being a police officer is already a dangerous job, however 2018 has proven that the job has only gotten more dangerous. We are loosing police officers at an alarming rate to intentional killings, suicides and just calling it quits. What affect do these publicized acts have on new applicants?
You guessed it. It deters many promising applicants from even applying, leaving already under staffed departments severely understaffed. Police departments around the world are reporting more vacancies through out the agencies, citing “ people just don’t want to be cops anymore”
Many departments are making the position more appealing by increasing the base salary and offering appealing benefits, however it seems to have had little effect.
In Nashville, job applications dropped from 4,700 in 2010 to 1,900 last year. In Seattle, applications have declined by nearly 50 percent in a department where the starting salary is $79,000.
Even the FBI had a sharp drop, from 21,000 applications per year to 13,000 last year, before a new marketing campaign brought an upswing.
And retaining officers once they’ve joined is getting harder, too. In a PERF survey of nearly 400 police departments, 29 percent of those who left their police job voluntarily had been on the force less than a year, and an additional 40 percent had been on the job less than five years.
What can we do to increase the want to be a police officer in this day and age?
In a statement made by an officer he say’s Public support is key, many people don’t want to put on the uniform mainly because “ the public simply don’t like us. Think about it. You go out everyday not knowing if you’re going to make it back home to your family. It’s not the the streets that scare me, it’s the though of doing my job correctly and being thrown to the wolves for it”
A powerful statement. Blue line support would love to hear your thoughts on this.