The Dallas Police Department saw a rise in job applications after the city’s police chief gave a rousing speech following the July 7 shooting that left five officers dead.
Four days after the Dallas shooting, Dallas Police Chief David Brown gave a press conference where he urged viewers to join the force to better help their communities, reports Fox 59.
“Serve your communities. We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about,” Brown said.
After his speech, the Dallas Police Department saw a 344 percent rise in the number of received job applications. The department posted the statistics on its Facebook page Friday.
The department received 467 applications over the course of twelve days — between July 8 and July 20 — which averages to approximately 38.9 applications per day. Before the Dallas shooting, the department only received 136 applications between June 8 to June 20, which is approximately 11.3 applications per day.
“I just love Dallas,” he said. “I love serving. It’s part of my character. It’s part of who I am. Out of all the crap we have to take as police officers, the satisfaction you get with serving (is) much more gratifying,” Brown said.
Brown said that he even left college to serve as an officer in Dallas.
“It broke my heart, and it changed what I wanted to do in college. I actually left college my first semester of my senior year to come back and apply to the Dallas police department, do something about what I was seeing in my neighborhood,” Brown stated.
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