HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The High Point Police Department is casting a wide net to attract more officers to the force, placing posters at restaurants, coffee shops and even at gyms throughout the city.
Currently, the police department is 11 officers short.
Along with budget cuts and a hiring freeze years ago, recruiting officer Curtis Cheeks III says finding applicants who can pass the department's screening process has made it tough to fill the openings.
“If we get someone, three months into the process and something comes up in their background, we have to start over from square one," Cheeks said.
The department usually places posters at job fairs and college campuses but recruiters say placing ads in unconventional places will attract a wider variety of candidates.
Recruiters from the Lexington Police Department are also putting up posters to fill their four vacant positions.
Greensboro and Burlington Police departments do year-round recruiting but are both currently fully staffed.