It's a new day when it comes to CMPD's recruiting efforts.
"I think we have broadened our net a bit. We're more aggressive with the recruitment campaign and we're building a lot more trust, said CMPD's Chief Kerr Putney.
The recruitment effort a first of its kind thanks to a $100,000 marketing campaign, CMPD is making a directed push at you.
"We are trending to be up almost 35% in applications so far this year over last year, and that's mostly due to our marketing efforts we've engaged in," said Captain Dave Johnson.
"We are doing a lot at historical black colleges and universities and military bases. We are trying to get as diverse of workforce as we have a city here in Charlotte," said Kerr Putney.
The interview process in thirteen steps. Cmpd says about 60% of applicants get weeded out during the testing process, but if you make it to the conditional job offer, 80% of the people make it through the process.
Even with that said, Chief Putney says competition is still tough.
"Only about 5% of the people who apply ever make it though, so we do have high standards. We will never sacrifice those, our community deserves the best and that's what we're striving to do," said Chief Putney.
Last year the department hired 127 new officers. This year they're at 102 and with a goal of 160 by year's end, Chief Putney optimistic with the future of the department.