The Dallas Police Department lost five officers on July 7, but instead of people backing away from the job, the department still receives applications from people to join the force.

Officials received 467 applications days after the attack with more coming in each week.

Dakota Leierer, 22, told The New York Times he wants to leave his job working on oil fields to join the force. He wants to become part of the solution:

“Everything going on around the world — the crises, communities not really getting along with each other, the protests,” Mr. Leierer, 22, said. “It just kind of hit me.”

The applications are a welcome sight to the police department, which has had problems recently filling their police academy.

Days after the attack, Chief David Brown told protesters to apply:

“Don’t be a part of the problem. We’re hiring. We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said at a news conference on Monday.

A group of people who turned in applications before the attack have not changed their minds about joining. Many want to help resolve the tensions between law enforcement and their communities as racial tensions sizzle between the two due to recent deaths:

Some of the applicants said they were signing up because they wanted to help the police. Others said they wanted to serve in neighborhoods where police shootings of unarmed black men have hardened years of anger and distrust. They admitted they were stepping into policing at an anguished moment.

“A lot of people said, ‘I don’t want you to go into policing. Can’t you find something else to do?’ ” said Jamile Owens, 29, who is African-American and had applied to the Dallas department about a month before the shooting.

San Antonio has also seen a spike in police job applications. They received 199 applicants in July compared to 53 in June:

“Based on comments from some of the applicants, we definitely feel that the events in Dallas spurred people to come out and look into a career in law enforcement,” SAPD Sgt. Jesse Salame told

“Lots of applicants talked of applying because they wanted to serve their communities. We have not seen a shortage of interested candidates.”


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