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Line-of-duty deaths are making it harder for law enforcement to recruit

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Recruitment for public safety positions in New York has become increasingly difficult, exacerbated by a recent surge in crime and tragic incidents involving law enforcement officers.

Last week, the Central New York community was struck by the line-of-duty deaths of Lt. Michael Hoosock and Officer Michael Jensen, who were fatally shot.

Days later, an Albany police officer was wounded following a traffic stop, highlighting the dangers faced by those in the profession.


The spike in violent incidents has compounded the existing challenges in recruiting new officers. The president of the New York State Police Investigators Association pointed out that anti-policing rhetoric has further discouraged potential recruits.

Last year, only 12,000 people signed up for the New York State Police test, a significant decrease from previous years.

Amid these challenges, law enforcement professionals continue to emphasize the dedication required to serve, despite the risks. Recruitment efforts remain a critical concern as agencies across the state struggle to fill their ranks.