Tuesday, July 4, 2006
From latimes.com: As Los Angeles tries to add 1,000 officers in five years to the smallest big-city police department in the nation, it has realized that reaching this goal will be a struggle. The LAPD and police departments around the country are engaged in an intense competition over an increasingly limited pool of suitable people interested in becoming cops.
In Los Angeles, the department is fortifying its recruitment efforts in its drive to beat out other departments and attract the elusive recruit. The department has increased its full-time recruitment team from two to 12. It is offering a $1,000 cash reward to any employee who brings in a successful recruit. And recruiters are hitting the college job-placement circuits.
"We are going to make this happen," said William Scott DeYoung, chief of police recruiting for the personnel department. "There is a lot of cachet not only to the LAPD, but also the city."
Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]