Belton: Police department hosts open house for recruitment

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Belton Police Department is trying something a little different when it comes to recruitment.

(Belton Police Dept. photo/file)

Belton Police Department hosted its first open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Rebecca Isdale comes from a family of law enforcement. From her father to her brother, both have served.

“I think I have it in my blood. I’ve had my babies, now I’m ready to go back to work,” she said.

She says the time is now to be a change in the community.

”I have compassion. I just want to help, I think I could do a good job as a police officer,” Isdale said.

Gone are the old days of job postings. The department is looking for a new way to attract applicants.

”We’ve been using social media for a couple years for recruitment but always looking for other ways to reach people out there,” Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis said.

Applicants who attended the open house also had the chance to train like the professionals.

“We want the best, people with a servant’s heart who want to serve others,” Ellis said.

Across the area, several departments are also hiring: Temple, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove.

In terms of overall recruitment, the Bureau of Justice statistics says the average number of full-time sworn officers per 1,000 residents is down 11 percent from 1997 to 2016.

”It can be a difficult job but it can be the most rewarding job, too. When you can help someone else, make a difference and put other people first, serve others, it does make a difference. It creates satisfaction and reward,” Ellis said.

If you are interested in becoming a police officer with Belton PD, the application deadline is Feb. 1. Registration forms in Temple will be accepted until March 29.