Like many law enforcement agencies, the Cambridge Police Department is reaching out to teenagers to try to build an early interest in policing as a career, reports the Boston Globe. Increasingly, though, officials are having a difficult time selling young peopleon the relatively low pay, long hours and dangerous line of work. They say “quality candidates” are particularly hard to attract.
Nearly 20 percent fewer people took the police civil service exam this year compared with two years ago. Few had the qualifications – a college degree as well as clean criminal and driving records, for instance – that departments desire. So police departments have stepped up recruiting efforts to find qualified candidates and are offering new incentives, such as paying for moving expenses.