Hey, all you 20-somethings out there. The Connecticut State Police would like to have a word with you. And, for once, it’s not because you were texting and driving.
No, the Connecticut State Police are actually trying to recruit millennials now. In a world where technology is becoming increasingly important, our police force is looking to hire new recruits whose technology skills go beyond fax machines and paper maps.
And according to the CT Post, the state police are using those new technologies to recruit. The communications office for CSP has expanded its social media presence. They’re planning to utilize more video in their public messaging. And their recent recruiting effort included a live-streaming “Twitter event,” following the typical day of a state trooper.
Honestly, I think all of this is pretty great. There are a lot of problems at play for young people in the work force, and this feels like it will address a lot of them.
First, millennials are so often considered lazy and entitled. But when it comes to service opportunities, lack of awareness or feeling unqualified might keep people who are on the fence from jumping in.
And in reality, not everyone needs a college degree. Young people in 2017 are being pushed 100% toward college education. But the reality is that there are thousands of great jobs that don’t require a Bachelors degree and tens of thousands of dollars in debt. And the fewer people that take those jobs in the trades or in public service, the more those areas of the economy struggle.
Finally, as you may have noticed, the police have had a bit of a public image problem the last few years. And some of the incidents that got them there are truly abhorrent. But as protesters march and call for reform, not many of them are striving to be the change they want to see in the world. This presents an opportunity for young people to not just call for better police work, but actually be a part of it.
There are clearly dangers to be a police officer. And the work is far from easy. But it can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a person’s life. The more millennials who are aware there’s an opportunity for them there, the better off we’ll all be.