US law enforcement struggles to recruit candidates

Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. experienced a wave of departures amid nationwide protests and calls for reforming the police. They've struggled to recruit the next generation of officers in the year since George Floyd's killing. (June 11)

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RODNEY BRYANT: I think this is probably one of the most challenging times their profession as a whole has seen as it relates to recruitment. On the heels of what we had to deal with last year, with law enforcement and public safety coming under so much scrutiny and having so many challenges, we saw a significant exodus throughout this profession.

- What does this say about the power dynamic?

CHUCK WEXLER: What this survey of 200 departments says is you're having less people applying, you have more people resigning at a faster rate and retiring at a fast rate, which is creating a crisis on the horizon for police chiefs.

RODNEY BRYANT: That made it hard, because the sentiment and how we were viewed-- the brand of policing-- changed in an instant.

LYNDA R. WILLIAMS: It's hard to recruit the very people that are seeing police as an opposition.

KALEY GARCED: A lot of people said negative things on social media, and I was watching that and seeing it everywhere. But I feel like this just made me want to be a better police officer.

- You already know what's going on in the [? films. ?] We want you to be a part of the change.

PHILIP DARRETT: One guy who was outside, he saw setting up. And he said, you know, now's not a good time to be the police. And I said, why not? And he explained to me what's going on out here in the world, and what we're seeing on social media. So I said, so if you've got a problem with this, then why not help us be a part of the change?