EPD makes recruiting videos
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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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.