Do you think wearing on-body cameras on duty should be mandatory?
The city of Irving, Texas, produced this video as a recruiting tool for female officers for the Irving Police Department. The video shows recruiting methods, and follows several officers while on duty.
America is running short of cops. There aren't enough to go around. And it won't be long until a shortage becomes a full-fledged crisis.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are facing a major challenge in the recruitment of qualified peace officers. The baby boomer generation—many of them hired after service in Vietnam—is in the midst of retirement planning. Younger people are more skeptical about police work because of negative publicity and the allure of a rebounding economy with job offers from the private sector.
Not all police misconduct is plastered across national newspapers, but it all has the same results. It erodes the public’s trust in law enforcement and it damages good cops, sometimes destroying their careers.
As police departments across the country find themselves scrambling to find qualified recruits, many experts have begun asking, “What will it take to bring back the image that made law enforcement a highly desirable career?”
"Women can do this job."
Although the percentage of female cops in America still hovers at only around 10 percent, any doubt that women are just as competent and capable as males has been removed in many quarters and at many agencies.
Regardless of a police agency's size, a quality reserve and volunteer organization can be vital to the protection of the community, the public's perception of Jaw enforcement and the effectiveness of crime prevention programs.