Montgomery County police detail new recruiting efforts amid staffing shortage

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (DC News Now) – Montgomery County Department of Police (MCDP) Captain, Michael Pratt, says the department is currently down around 150 officers and they’re taking several measures to fill those vacancies as soon as possible.

Pratt says MCDP has around 400 people applying for these vacant positions, which he says is down from more than 1000 applicants several years ago.

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The department does a lot traditional recruitment where they go out to public events, fundraisers and schools to inform community members that they are hiring, according to Pratt.

But on Monday, the Fraternal Order of Police Montgomery County Lodge 35 President, Lee Holland, said they’re working to fix the shortage.

“We have to be more creative and intentional in how we hire police officers in Montgomery County,” Holland said.

Pratt says he agrees with the need to be creative, and the department is already working on new strategies to bring in more recruits.

“We’re onboarding a marketing firm called Epic Recruiting,” he said. “It was a large chunk of money, but they essentially will come in and they will assist with all of our marketing and rebranding our entire department to assist with recruiting.”

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Pratt said some of the department’s sister agencies around the DMV have used Epic Recruiting and have results.

“They saw their highest recruiting and application classes in the past five or six years,” he said.

MCDP will host a meet-and-greet recruiting event at their public safety training academy on Sunday, March 24, from 9 a.m. 11 a.m.

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