LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The latest shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge have shined a light on how dangerous a job in law enforcement can be, bringing with it the question on how this could possibly effect new officer recruitment.
Angelina County Police Captain, Alton Lenderman says it comes with the territory.
"I feel pretty strongly that people who are making a career out of this, they are aware of the situation, they 're aware that sometimes we're a hero and sometimes some people consider us the enemy or a villain." Lenderman said.
Despite the recent events the amount of applications that are being submitted has actually spiked in many cities across the U.S.
Detective and recruiter John Davis of the Lufkin Police Department said the recent events have actually had a positive effect in the recruiting department.
"I think it's made it better. Dallas recruitment is sky rocketing right now. A lot of people applying, we've had a lot of interest in this test coming up. Numerous, numerous calls in the last couple of days wanting to sign up to take the test. I think it's actually helping. A lot of people want to get out here and help and change some things." Davis said.
The very intensive recruitment process includes a written test, a physical assessment and then a very thorough evaluation and selection process.
With an overflow of applicants it's vital that departments recruit the best possible candidates for their station.
"I may get a hundred applicants say over a year's period of time but I may only get a very, a handful ten or twelve that could be hired." Lenderman said.
Families also have a huge impact on new recruits because they know the risks involved with this line of work. But that hasn't stopped many from stepping up for a cause they believe in.
"They want to get out here and have their input and to help change" Davis said.
The Lufkin Police Department is now accepting applications through August 26th for the Civil Service Exam, which is set for September 15th.