ATLANTA – The Atlanta Police Department is hitting the road and traveling to other states to recruit police officers for open positions.
APD plans to host two separate events this week in order to recruit new officers. One will be held on Friday right here in Atlanta at the police headquarters. The other, across the border in Birmingham, Ala.
11Alive wanted to know why police are looking outside the state for officers, so reporter Neima Abdulahi asked the department how often they travel to other cities. A lieutenant from the recruitment team told her it's done regularly.
“They pick a targeted location and personally reach out to interested applicants,” Lt. Kimberly Payne said. "Birmingham, Ala. has been a good target for us before, so we're going back there, and we try to get those locations that are within close driving distance."
When asked whether their efforts were because there are not enough officers patrolling the streets, APD said that’s not the case and the department is always looking for qualified candidates.
Payne said they’re also hoping to target veterans to join the force and are reaching out to sworn officers and those without a badge.
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