Videos of police officers using excessive force and controversies over fatal shootings surface regularly. In response, many police departments have updated their training on such subjects as dealing with the public, deescalation, mental health and implicit bias.
More than two years after vowing to replenish its ranks, Dallas’ police department continues to shrink through attrition. Higher pay hasn’t turned the tide, so the city is brainstorming other ways to get back in the recruiting game.
In Indiana cities like Bloomington and Columbus, police recruiters say the challenges they face in recruiting and retaining officers have prompted them to add perks, loosen entry restrictions, and boost pay in order to compete for a dwindling pool of talent.