We've seen (and written) many stories this month regarding shootings in this country. The good news is, it doesn't seem to be deterring people from joining the Dallas police force.During the 12 days following the Dallas shooting on July 7th, applications have been pouring into the department. About 40 per day, to be exact. That's a huge increase from the 11.3 per day that they were getting.As of Friday, they have received 467 applications in total. Compare that to the 2,871 applications they received in the last six months!
In fact, previous months had been so slow that they had to cancel academy classes, since there had not been enough applicants. In an area where departments outside of Dallas start at higher rates, most would-be officers had opted out of the position in the city.Dallas Police chief David Brown told the media two weeks ago that the Police department was hiring, and that applications would help them deal with the current state of affairs."Get off that protest line and put an application in and we’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about," he said at a news conference.
While it's sad to know that tragedy is what brought about this change, it is encouraging to see so much support for law enforcement.