Dallas police struggle to hire, academy classes canceled
The last two academy classes have been canceled because there weren't enough applicants
By Rebecca Lopez
DALLAS — Dallas is an attractive city, and its skyline one of the best in the world. But, apparently, it's not attractive when it comes to recruiting police officers.
"It's getting to the point that it's critical," said Mike Mata, vice president of the Dallas Police Association, as the department struggles to hire.
The last two academy classes have been canceled because there weren't enough applicants. News 8 has learned it may have to be canceled a third time.
New Dallas Police Department officers make about $45,000 a year. They can make $10,000 to $15,000 more if they go to surrounding cities.