Wake County law enforcement seeing high number of applicants

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Law enforcement officials say recent protests and scrutiny on police officers over national shootings have not hurt their recruiting.

Recently, there have been protests in Raleigh over several officer involved shootings and even calls from politicians to make changes to police training.

But it does not seem to be affecting the amount of people who want to be in law enforcement.

Officials with Wake Technical College say they’ve actually seen an increase of applicants over the last few years in its Basic Law Enforcement Training program.

In 2012, there were two BLET classes – totaling 37 total students.

Now there are three classes each year. The most recent full year’s numbers was 2015 which had a total of 54 students. This year there has already been 49 students and there is a new class starting in August.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of hiring new recruits right now.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison says the Sheriff’s Office has 25 openings right now. Harrison says they’ve received 350 applicants for those positions.

He says the current atmosphere of policing and the scrutiny law enforcement receives is always brought up during interviews, but he says candidates say they do not care about that.

“It takes a special person to be in law enforcement it takes somebody that is dedicated it’s sort of like a ministry a calling. It’s not for everybody. Most of us in law enforcement, we love it. The pay’s not good, but we do it because we love serving mankind,” said Harrison.

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