Local Law Enforcement Launch Partnership to Reach New Candidates

Twenty local police agencies in the region have launched a Regional Recruitment Partnership with Triangle J Council of Governments to collectively promote careers in law enforcement, encourage diverse applications that represent the region today and in the future, and educate the region’s workforce on the opportunities that exist in the field. As attrition and vacancy rates continue to increase for local departments and many finish recruitment processes without hiring a single applicant, it is imperative to address the larger perception and recruiting challenges for the profession. While the recruiting challenge is nationwide, there are many opportunities to improve perceptions and relationships between candidates and departments on a local level.

The Regional Recruitment Partnership will leverage local dollars to conduct a region-wide marketing and education campaign with WRAL Digital Solutions. The campaign will be guided by data collected through an ongoing research effort with NC Central University and Wake Tech Community College that is studying the barriers for local candidates to join the law enforcement field.
Participating departments include the towns of Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Princeton, Rolesville, Siler City, Smithfield, Southern Pines, and Wendell, and the cities of Durham and Sanford. All departments in the TJCOG region are eligible to join.

"Public safety is a critical component to quality of life, and we know that, when we collectively enhance public safety in the region, all our communities benefit. This opportunity to highlight the impact a person can make by serving as a police officer, or in a non-sworn capacity at any of our agencies, allows candidates to make a difference for their families, friends and neighbors while fulfilling their desire to serve." - Chief John Letteney, Apex Police Department
"Strategic recruitment efforts such as the Sandbox Challenge initiative at TJCOG assist with meeting our goals to attract qualified and diversified 21st Century law enforcement officers. The quality of law enforcement has always depended upon the quality of its officers. This new initiative helps us continue to attract applicants that reflect the needs of the Town of Fuquay-Varina while embracing the principles of community policing, public service and cultural responsiveness." - Chief Laura Fahnestock, Fuquay-Varina Police Department