Several public safety agencies seek to replenish their ranks as a bubble of police officers, firefighters and communications technicians who signed up in the late 1980s and early 1990s retire.
“Many (policing) bodies nationwide are struggling to find quality candidates to replace retiring officers,” said Dublin Deputy Chief Constable Greg Lattanzi.
Many agents joined about 30 years ago when there was a significant recruitment process to increase the number of agents to serve a growing population.
The Dublin Police Department was one of many agencies participating in the Central Ohio Public Safety Career Event on April 23 at Dublin Coffman High School.
Other agencies were Columbus Police Division, Hilliard Police Division, Upper Arlington Police Division, Worthington Police Department, Washington Township Fire Department, Washington Fire Division. ‘Upper Arlington and the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center (NRECC).
“While several police departments have banded together for recruitments in the past, the April 23 event was a first of its kind as it included police, fire and the NRECC, the Emergency Services Communications Center based in Dublin which dispatches for all participating public safety agencies,” Corporal Dublin said. Det. Kevin Keiffer.
Among those who attended the career event was Max Golembiewski, 15, a sophomore at Upper Arlington High School.
Golembiewski, whose grandfathers both served in the military, said he was considering a career as a firefighter.
A member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 417, Golembiewski works for the rank of Eagle Scout and said a career as a firefighter would be a natural extension of his desire to help and serve others.
Although he is several years away from the possibility of joining a fire academy, Golembiewski said the departments present at the career event encouraged him and provided guidance for his future endeavours.
“They told me to keep my physical strength and finish my scouting too.”
Golembiewski said he plans to enroll in a public safety program next year at Columbus Downtown High School, a vocational school that offers the course.
“Public safety jobs not only offer people a rewarding career, but are vital to the well-being of our community,” said Dublin Police Chief Justin Paéz.
Keiffer explained that about 25 to 30 years ago there was “a significant push” in law enforcement, in general, to bolster its ranks.
“Many officers who started their careers in law enforcement are now approaching or have already retired.”
Similarly, the NRECC is also looking to fill at least two vacancies, according to NRECC communications manager Stephanie Skipworth.
“We’ve done joint recruiting, but never before with so many other agencies,” Skipworth said.
Lattanzi said the Dublin Police Department needed to contact potential candidates, some of whom could undergo testing this summer and join an academy towards the end of the year.