EPD makes re­cruit­ing videos

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH BOLLINGER jbollinger@star­dem.com

The Eas­ton Po­lice Depart­ment re­cently launched two on­line videos aimed at re­cruit­ing peo­ple to join its ranks. Eas­ton Po­lice Chief David Spencer re­cently pro­vided an up­date to the Eas­ton Town Coun­cil on the depart­ment’s re­cruit­ment ef­forts.

EAS­TON — The Eas­ton Po­lice Depart­ment re­cently launched two on­line videos aimed at re­cruit­ing peo­ple to join its ranks.

Eas­ton Po­lice Chief David Spencer pro­vided an up­date Mon­day, Nov. 6, to the Eas­ton Town Coun­cil on how the depart­ment’s re­cruit­ment is go­ing.

Spencer said there are 41 of­fi­cers cur­rently on the depart­ment’s pay­roll, plus four can­di­dates in the po­lice academy, sched­uled to grad­u­ate on Dec. 18, and one re­cruit was hired to go the academy, start­ing in Jan­uary.

“The last hur­dle that they re­ally need to go through now is the prac­ti­cal ex­er­cises, which is for them to demon­strate their abil­ity to put to work the ac­tual lessons that they’ve been taught by the in­struc­tors at the academy,” Spencer said. “It’s the last big hur­dle for them to get over and some­times, some of the can­di­dates don’t make that, so we’ll hope that they do well.”

That leaves two open po­si­tions on the town’s po­lice force, and the depart­ment is cur­rently vet­ting some ap­pli­cants, both ex­pe­ri­enced and non-ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cers, Spencer said.

In late Oc­to­ber, the po­lice depart­ment re­leased two re­cruit­ment videos on its Face- book page.

In the first video, which so far has gar­nered more than 78,000 views, Eas­ton po­lice “chase” a fake stolen ve­hi­cle on U.S. Route 50 and Dover Road and ar­rest the driver. In the sec­ond video, which has been seen more than 7,000 times, the po­lice depart­ment’s bike pa­trol chase a sus­pect who stole a woman’s purse.

Spencer said Sgt. Mil­ton Orel­lana is the brains be­hind the re­cruit­ment videos, aimed to get peo­ple in­ter­ested in the po­lice depart­ment and en­gaged in a con­ver­sa­tion. Orel­lana worked with some friends who vol­un­teered their time, Spencer said.

“We’ve cer­tainly got a lot of feed­back on Face­book, some of it pos­i­tive, some of it not so pos­i­tive, but if noth­ing else, we have cer­tainly got peo­ple talk­ing about the po­lice depart­ment and spread­ing the word, which is the whole idea about it,” Spencer said.

“And I can as­sure you that we took ev­ery pre­cau­tion that we could to do this is a safe man­ner and it was not re­ally a pur­suit,” Spencer said about the first video, a re­ac­tion to some of the Face­book com­ments the depart­ment saw on the video. “We re­ally weren’t speed­ing. It was special ef­fects.”

Spencer said the depart­ment is work­ing on an­other video.

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PHOTO BY JOSH BOLLINGER

The Eas­ton Po­lice Depart­ment re­cently re­leased two re­cruit­ment videos on its Face­book page that are aimed to get­ting peo­ple in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing to the depart­ment.

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