Created: June 04, 2020 10:39 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Mason City Police Department is looking for some new officers to join the team, but with the current narrative of the country, they’re looking at the way they approach recruitment differently.
Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley is in charge of new hires for the department. Right now, they have six positions available for new officers.
“Recruiting has been challenging for law enforcement for the last two or three years. We’ve been just having a hard time getting back to staying flush,” said Brinkley.
Brinkley says as Americans rise across the nation, he expects a surge of interest in careers in law enforcement and is hopeful that the country’s current narrative will help him fill some positions at the station.
“I think we may get a higher calibrate of candidates this time who’s motivated – somewhat after 9/11 as we saw people enlist in the military and come to work in law enforcement agencies who said, ‘Not again and not on my watch.’ I hope that that helps us this time. Certainly those are the kind of people we want to put in our cars and wear our uniforms and carry our badge,” Brinkley said.
Brinkley also says continuing the hunt for potential new officers is important so that the police department accurately reflects the community.
“The question has come up about ‘Is this a good time to be recruiting?’ I hope that we’re maybe testing the character of some of the people that want to be police officers right now. Maybe they’re seeing what’s happening and saying, ‘I can do better’ or ‘I want to make a change’ or ‘I don’t want that to be my community,’” said Brinkley.
When searching for new faces to represent the department, Brinkley says he looks for officers with a willingness to learn so that history does not repeat itself.
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