TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Job applications for the Dallas Police Department have tripled since the shooting there that killed five officers, according to the Associated Press. And even though there have been several targeted killings of police officers since, it hasn’t stopped people from wanting to become officers themselves in Topeka.
The Topeka Police Department says they’ve seen an increase in people wanting to join the force in the past few weeks.
“I think that’s kind of what we’re seeing with some of the events that have happened nationally and locally,” says Sargent Jerry Monasmith. “They’re correlated together.”
He says most of these inquiries have been expressed online.
“We have seen inquiries about the hiring process through social media and that’s something that we haven’t seen prior to that so that’s a pretty good thing.”
But the department isn’t currently recruiting for officers. In light of recent events, the force has implemented two-person patrols for certain calls. We asked if this creates a need for more officers but they didn’t want to disclose any other information for safety reasons.
They say they might implement the strategy for roughly two weeks or less. So far officers have been safe.
“We will push for actively recruiting in the upcoming months,” says Monasmith. “I know in August we’ll be pushing, in September we’ll be testing and then in October we’ll be pushing again and testing in November.”
Thirteen recruits are set to graduate on August 5. Click here if you’re interested in becoming part of the Topeka Police Department.