A new class of cadets started this week at the Huntsville Police Academy, and WAAY 31 learned the class is smaller than usual. There are only 12 cadets. The department is focused on more recruiting.
One change the department has implemented is keeping the application process open much longer. It's now open for most of the year.
Officer Karl Kissich explained to us there are about 20 officers that work part-time for the department’s recruiting team. About 5 months ago he became the full-time recruiter and is keeping up with applicants all year.
This gives the department hopes it will be able to identify stronger candidates who are serious about becoming officers. He told us about 300 applicants applied for the current class, but only 12 cadets met the department's standards..
"We are sitting right about 500 applicants right now. And I'm anticipating somewhere around 650 or 700 applicants all vying for the very few select seats for those job offers we will offer out," he said.
The department launched a new recruiting website, and another focus has been with connecting on social media with anyone who might be interested.
Kissich also told me the departments hoping to have closer to 30 cadets for its next class.