Dayton police face recruiting challenges in light of shootings

Dayton Police Department

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Police Department is looking to hire and the agency is holding an event Wednesday night for potential recruits.

But local recruiters say they’re having a tougher time filling positions after the recent shooting deaths of officers in the line of duty.

“It’s definitely more difficult times with recruiting with all the current culture,” says Dayton police Sgt. Steven Bauers.

So far this year twenty-four on-duty officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty, nationwide.

Sergeant Steven Bauer with the Dayton Police, recruits new officers and understands why some might be apprehensive to join.

“You have to be prepared for the worst that’s going to happen, but you can’t be constantly thinking about something like that,” says Bauer. “The job’s not for everybody. It takes a certain personality to want to do this job. Same as joining the military. You have to have a certain sense of duty to your community. That resonates with any safety forces, fire, EMS, you name it.”

Police and firefighters often times work together, protecting and serving the public. In Dayton, they also recruit together.

“Every event that they go to, I go to, and every event I go to, they go to,” Dayton firefighter Jeremy Carnes says.

The two departments are holding a recruiting event Wednesday, hoping to spark interest and gain new members.

Firefighter Jeremy Carnes says the recent shootings of officers affects his department, too.

“When we come to work and put the uniforms on every day, we are brothers in arms,” Carnes says.

Sgt Bauer hopes the event has a good turnout to fill ranks.

“We’ve had a lot of retirements recently, we’re going to have a lot of upcoming retirements, for that need there’s a great urgency in the recruiting campaign,” said Bauer.

If you’re interested in going to Wednesday night’s recruitment event here’s how:

Where: UD Arena, Lot D, 1801 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6pm-8pm.

To better represent the communities they serve, they encourage minorities and women to apply.

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