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Is It Harder These Days to Recruit New Police Officers?

From Ferguson to Baltimore, there have been a lot of stories lately about police and their practices. So that got us wondering: how hard is it these days to recruit new police officers in Greater Houston? Last fall, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland asked city leaders for millions of dollars to hire hundreds of new […]

From Ferguson to Baltimore, there have been a lot of stories lately about police and their practices. So that got us wondering: how hard is it these days to recruit new police officers in Greater Houston?

Last fall, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland asked city leaders for millions of dollars to hire hundreds of new officers. And earlier this year, HPD announced a $5,000 hiring incentive for new recruits.

So, has recent news made these initiatives harder? And what are the challenges of recruiting new officers? We find out from Captain Robert Manzo with HPD’s Recruiting Division.

MORE: How to Become a Police Officer in Houston

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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