WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Police recruiters in Winston-Salem are looking to the north to add new recruits to the force.
The Winston-Salem Police Department has a number of officers from Suffolk and Nassau County, NY. And, after a few discussions with them, the department noticed an opportunity.
"Recruiting right now nationwide is getting very difficult for police officers," said Lt. Katie Patterson, with the department's recruitment team. "So, we were trying to look for other creative ideas."
The department is now reaching out to potential police officers in New York, who could be waiting years to join departments where they live. So, WSPD has sent a team to community colleges in Suffolk and Nassau Counties to talk face-to-face with potential applicants.
One of those applicants was Alison Ferris. The 22-year-old is working on a master's degree in criminal justice and wants to be a police officer.
She says the wait to become an officer in New York can be difficult.
You have to wait several years to hear back from a police department, or you apply to various departments and it takes them a few years to get back," Ferris said. "Kind of delays your career, your future career or you look for other jobs that aren’t in your field."
So, when she received a post card from the Winston-Salem Police Department, she jumped at the opportunity. Ferris says she's interested in the position because of the city's location, size and cost of living.
"It's pretty outstanding that they're able to come so far away and try to recruit people that are interested in law enforcement and may not have had the opportunity to join as quickly as they will be able to get involved with Winston-Salem," she said.
The department is also looking for qualified candidates from right here in the Triad. If you're interested in becoming a Winston-Salem police officer, click here and head to the department's website.
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