Huntsville police make last-ditch push to attract new recruits

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville Police Department held its final meet and greet on Wednesday as it continues to actively recruit a few fine men and women to join the police force in a rapidly growing city.

Pulaski’s Keshawn Marsh told News 19 he attended the event because he always wanted to be a police officer.

“I’ve always been around police all my life. I’m actually the first generation in my family to be in law enforcement. So that’s new and something different, I guess you could say,” Marsh said.

After graduating from high school, Keshawn immediately started working at a home for at-risk youth and spent a few years as a correctional officer at Limestone Correctional Facility, which he says paved the way. to be here as a candidate.

“I got a lot of flak because I was in law enforcement, but I feel like it’s my decision and I’m actually making a positive change instead of a negative” , explained Marsh.

Marsh is one of the few hopeful rookies to show up for the event. But his passion is exactly what Huntsville Police Department recruiters are looking for.

Every police department in the country is facing a serious crisis with people wanting to become police officers.

Huntsville Police Department recruiting officer Paul Nordan understands the same can be said for Huntsville.

“We are recruiting like wildfire right now. Due to the growth of the city, we are expanding in all directions. The department needs to keep up with that growth, so we’re hiring like crazy right now,” Nordan said. “Across the country we’ve seen a drop, but again, we’re just looking for motivated people.”

In this latest push, the Huntsville Police Department has received more than 200 applicants since June. Keshawn Marsh hopes to be one of the names called at the end of recruiting season.

“I’d rather help our community than show off our own people,” Marsh said.

The application deadline is September 30.

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