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With the current police recruitment crisis impacting law enforcement agencies across the nation, many departments are getting more creative in their recruitment efforts. Throughout 2022, police agencies went to great lengths to attract both new recruits and lateral transfer officers.
Whether agencies are piquing the curiosity of potential recruits through laughter, touching personal stories, or promises of adrenaline-pumping adventures, police departments are stepping out of their comfort zones to compete in a fast-paced hiring race.
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The Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department leaned into a little Halloween humor to intrigue recruits with special appearances from Frankenstein to promises of a witch’s brew. Our favorite part is the expression of the officer as a pale vampire exclaims, “Do you have any positions at the coroner’s office?”
Do QuikTrips get your gears turning in the morning? Well, the Fond du Lac Police Department really utilizes the convenience store as a multipurpose resource for food, laughter and unique measurement ideas to lure recruits in this entertaining recruitment video. After all, who doesn’t want to be only a negotiator vehicle, Bearcat, radar trailer, UTV, police robot, drone and McGruff away from a QuikTrip?
Forging strong family ties
“The Taylor Police Department is more than just a place to go to clock in. It’s more than a job, it’s more than just coworkers, it’s more than friends. It’s really about the family that we’ve formed.”
This Michigan police department tugged at our heartstrings as they displayed a strong, family police culture that includes teamwork and drive, with members dedicated to the highest level of service. Their rocking music accompaniment wasn’t too shabby either!
A fast-paced, never-ending adventure
The Fontana Police Department recruitment video gave us high-energy examples of the preparation and training needed to be successful as an officer. During the video, officers showcased the great work ethic, technological resources and culture of inclusion that the department fosters. It also provides a snapshot into the types of scenarios police recruits experience in the field and how they must work as a team to achieve.
A personable approach: Getting to know the ‘why’
The first question current officers usually ask recruits is “why.” What’s your purpose for wanting to become a police officer? A touching and personable recruitment video from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office help us understand the reason a law enforcement career calls to so many.
How it all works together: Department units working collectively toward one goal
What do a K-9 unit, SWAT, DEA agent, gang unit and criminal investigations unit all have in common? They’re all working toward one collective goal – keeping the public safe. This recruitment video from the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office illustrates how these teams work together with stunning “Breaking Bad” type cinematography. What more could you ask for?
See yourself in blue: Focusing on community outreach
This LAPD recruitment video gives viewers a 360-view into the life of an officer – the growth, community focus, integrity, humility, grit and determination an LEO must embody to succeed, while still having a little fun!
Recruitment through new technology
The Abilene Police Department left our heads spinning with this virtual drone tour recruitment video, which allows viewers to visually dive into the core of the department. By using this cutting-edge approach, Abilene shows potential recruits the agency is miles ahead of the tech game.
Discover what you’re made of
The soundtrack drives this Ohio State Highway Patrol recruitment video. The song has been a part of a growing TikTok trend and the Ohio State Patrol was able to capitalize on this by driving home the various positions they have to offer in a creative way. From a tactical flight officer to a dispatcher, this department wants recruits to believe there’s no limit to what they can be, and this appealing video shows just that.
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