DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – If you’ve ever been interested in becoming a Dayton Police, now is your chance. DPD is hosting a recruiting event Thursday night at the Dayton Convention Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Since October, the Dayton Police Department has been working to recruit qualified men and women to the force.
The recent police-involved shootings of white officers killing unarmed African-American men have made recruiting efforts challenging. So far, they’ve received 754 applications and held more than 40 recruiting events.
They have openings on the SWAT team, Bomb Squad, Hostage Negotiation Team, Street Patrols and the Department of Crime Scene Investigation. They’re looking for qualified candidates between the ages of 20 and 35.
DPD says anyone who wants to make a change in their area, step forward.
“It’s hard out there to recruit right now,” Dayton Police Officer Brittainy Brown said. “But we are asking people to come and step forward and if they want to be the change in their community come out and do the change with us.”
“I chose Dayton Police,” Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford said. “I’m from the City of Dayton. I kind of chose this job because I’ve always looked up to Superman growing up and I said why not be an officer.”
For more information on becoming a Dayton Police officer, visit their website JoinDaytonPD.com.