RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Among law enforcement agencies in northwest Alabama, hiring new police officers has grown ultra competitive and is moving beyond the typical “Help Wanted” posting.
A few short years ago, Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said when his department had a police officer opening, applicants lined up to apply.
Hargett says that’s changing, and he can only speculate why.
“There’s not as many people reading newspapers like they used to. We’re required by law to publicize the application process through the newspaper,” explained Hargett. “So, we’ve turned to our social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.”
And according to Hargett, with the economy starting to rebound and hiring freezes being lifted, a lot of people may not know they have openings available.
So Hargett said they are trying to reach everyone they can through whatever means necessary.
“It’s just one of those deals, it’s a work in progress but it’s our main goal now to get as many applicants as we can so we can get the better quality person as a police officer,” said Hargett.
Hargett said they must adapt to the changes and reach potential applicants with the source they now use – no matter the platform.
Before posting on the social media sites Monday morning, Russellville Police had only received three applicants for the three patrol officer openings.