Yet, the solutions are always the same. Streamline the process, start a new online recruitment campaign and recruit from other districts. How about we fill these gaps and provide actual career opportunities to Baltimore high school students by developing coursework in policing and corrections that creates a pipeline into the police cadet academy or state corrections department upon graduation?
This could be easily funded through reductions in overtime and is a strategy that seems like a more effective and lasting short and long-term solution to both staffing issues. If my letter seems familiar it’s because I’ve written about the subject a few times previously. Unfortunately, while I receive a lot of positive response from readers, foundations and other press, still no response or action from the Baltimore City Police Department or the Mayor’s office through this or other channels.
Wishing the city the best of luck with the old recruitment methods, but it’s time for some new and bigger ideas.