The Dallas Police Department saw a shocking spike since the shooting attack that killed five officers. Do you think that the American people are answering a call to serve and protect their community and to make it better?
After five officers were gunned down in Dallas, Texas, on July 7, police chief David Brown put out a call to have protesters pick up the badge and become police officers.
It seems the call was heard loud and clear.
Applications to the force have spiked a massive 344 percent as hundreds come forward to fill positions at the Dallas Police Department.
From June 8 to June 20, approximately 135 people applied to the force but following the shooting, from July 8 to July 20, that number more than tripled with 467 applications submitted, according to CNN.
The application to recruitment ratio has yet to be determined, but some are attributing the jump to chief Brown’s invitation to the community to become officers.
Just four days after the shootings – which took the lives of officers Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, 48, Officer Michael Krol, 40, Sgt. Michael Smith, 55, Officer Brent Thompson, 43, and Officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32 – Brown made the statement in a press conference to ‘serve your communities’.
‘We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about,’ he said.
Gunman Micah Xavier Johnson killed the five officers while they were protecting a Black Lives Matter protest. Johnson was later killed by police following four hours of negotiations.
The death of the five officers is the latest in a blow to morale at the department, which has had thinning ranks due to a starting pay at just under $45,000 a year.
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