Dallas police job applications surge
after fatal ambush attacks
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[July 23, 2016]
By Lisa Maria Garza
DALLAS (Reuters) - 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.
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.
Potential officers in the north Texas region have often opted for
departments in fast-growing cities surrounding Dallas where starting pay
is typically higher than in Dallas.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown put out the call for new recruits at a
news conference last week where he spoke of the deaths of five officers
and the actions of others to save lives at a rally in the city in the
incident that marked the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
"We are hiring. Get out of that protest line and put an application in,"
U.S. police forces have been the target of protests following the fatal
shootings of black men by patrolmen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and
outside St. Paul, Minnesota, that were caught on video.
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Police officers salute the hearse as they attend the funeral of
slain Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July
14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Further, the series of high-profile police killings of black men in
the past two years have sparked the most intense debate on race and
justice in America in years.
"It's a shame it took a tragedy to get people to apply, but glad to
see so many people willing to serve their community," Dallas
resident Ben Shaw wrote on the department's Facebook page on Friday.
(Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza in Dallas; Editing by Eric M.
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