Texas police encourage young women to find a future in crime fighting

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Wes Rapaport

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Police departments around the state of Texas are on the hunt for new officers, tapping schools and social media to recruit young people to the force.

Agencies are turning to job fairs, police explorer programs, and junior academies to reach prospective officers at earlier ages, in order to shape them into the next generation of crime fighters.

“What you’re seeing now is really a recruiting effort nationwide,” Cedar Park Police assistant chief Mike Harmon said. He said 290 people applied to join the department in its latest hiring spree. The department currently staffs 97 officers.

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