VIDEO: Dallas Chief Says Millennial Mindset Partially to Blame for Recruiting Problems
With the Dallas Police Department working to make up for a shortage of police officers, Chief Renee Hall told city council members on Monday about some new strategies to fill jobs.
Chief Hall is looking at everything from rewarding officers who recruit candidates to eliminating some of the automatic disqualifiers, like minor drug use from someone's past, Fox 4 reports.
Both the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire-Rescue are struggling to find people who want to protect and serve. Both chiefs told city council members that the millennial generation is partly to blame.
"We have nights, weekends and holidays — not attractive to millennials who want all days off and to be the chief in six months,” Chief Hall said. “We recognize that is a challenge."
To work on better retention of officers, Chief Hall plans to start a pilot program to let officers who live in Dallas take home their patrol cars.