HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Several law enforcement agencies across the Tennessee Valley say shootings across the county, including the deaths in Atlanta and Minneapolis, are impacting their recruiting efforts.
He’s referring to worldwide protests over the past few weeks, fueled by videos of law enforcement using deadly or excessive force.
“Every cop that I’ve talk to understands that what happened in Minneapolis was a tragedy, and it should not have happened. That being said, I don’t think all of us should be accountable for the misdoings of one, two, or three people,” said Harnen.
“Recruitment is difficult, it’s a job that everybody used to think would be an amazing job. We’re not seen those people applying anymore because just the tone across the nation right now is that law-enforcement aren’t good people,” said Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler.
“We are having less people apply for jobs now. The quality of the people we’re getting, is not as good as it was a year or so ago,” said Harnen.
A couple of months ago, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, WAFF interviewed officers and deputies at other departments and they said recruitment was going well.