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E D I T O R 'S L O G JUNE/JULY 2019 LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY 7 I t's no surprise or secret that law enforcement agencies have trouble filling vacancies with qualified candidates. The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) are combatting this issue through the use of marketing strategies, includ- ing targeted marketing. Through video, imagery and story- telling they show potential candidates what it's like to work for NMSP. Captain Jesse Williams of NMSP told earlier this year that he has seen benefits in using targeted marketing; the campaigns are attracting the right kinds of candidates who are better educated about what to expect. Other agencies are loosening appearance and groom- ing rules to appeal to candidates. The Columbus Police Department (Ind.) is among many agencies that began allow- ing officers to have beards and visible tattoos last year. While that might not seem like a big deal to some, for the millennial candidate it can matter a great deal. In 2017 the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force released a whitepaper making the case why lawful permanent residents should qualify for law enforcement positions. The document notes, "For many departments, a promising pool of recruits is available but untapped: lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Most jurisdictions maintain a requirement that law enforcement officers be U.S. citizens, but lifting the citizen- ship requirement can allow departments to access a diverse, talented, hardworking, legally present, and patriotic pool of LPR recruits." Agencies that begin to engage the younger generation might see a shift when these youth begin looking for work. By establishing law enforcement-focused programs and education opportunities for kids, teens and young adults, agencies expose the next generation of work- ers to life as a public safety employee˜that it's a viable and worthy career. Some agencies are already hosting such programs: • The Springfield Police Department (Ill.) holds a Junior Police Academy and Teen Police Academy in which local children and teens are encouraged to learn about policing through hands-on activities and classroom learning. • In Topeka, Kan., a new public school program will allow juniors and seniors at the Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers to take classes on various law enforcement top- ics. The classes will be taught by a Topeka police officer, according to KSNT. • In Dallas, Texas, law enforcement created the Dallas Police Explorer Program in which young people ages 14 to 21 can learn about the law enforcement profession. The goal of the program is to "[offer] a safe place to learn law enforcement techniques, as well as lead- ership skills, to help our youth avoid negative behaviors that would otherwise limit their future options. Since its inception over 40 years ago, over 200 Dallas Police Explorers have gone on to careers in law enforcement˜most of them with DPD." • In Virginia, a new non-profit cadet program prepares youth, ages 14 to 21, for careers in public safety. The Public Safety Cadets organization aims to, "mentor, train and prepare young men and women for a career in law enforcement, fire-rescue or emergency medical services." Learn more about the organization at What has worked for your agency when it comes to recruitment? What hasn't? Share your experience with us at Stay safe. Adrienne Zimmer Editor Submit your questions, news tips and comments to Editors@Of Overcome the Recruitment Gap by Engaging Youth LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY (ISSN 0747-3680 print and ISSN 1948-5689 online) is published eight times per year: Januar y/Februar y, March, April/May, June/July, August, September, October/November, December by Endeavor Business Media, 1233 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. 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