MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota police chiefs hope a new outreach program can help solve what they consider a hiring crisis.
The website wearthebadge.org features videos of officers explaining what life is like on the force.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Rain Expected To Stick Around Through Thursday
The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association launched the initiative Wednesday. They hope the site helps departments recruit new officers, and keep the ones they have.READ MORE: Russell, Towns Lead Wolves To Rare Win At Milwaukee
“A robust economy means a lot of options for people in terms of the jobs they pursue, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to stay there,” said Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts. “For those people who had an interest in law enforcement as a kid, and they’re still in college, we’re looking to try and attract them to actually come over and see what it’s like.”MORE NEWS: Whitecaps Jump To 5th Place With 2-0 Win Over Loons
The association says there are 20,000 fewer officers today than five years ago nationwide. They blame that, in part, on lower salaries and extra scrutiny.