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Vancouver Police Department boosts hiring efforts amid struggles to recruit, retain officers

By Carlos Fuentes, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 23, 2023, 6:06am
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Vancouver Police Department Sgt. Danielle Wass, right, talks with officers Brandon Riedel, center, and Brandon Esau on Thursday at the Public Safety and First Responder Career Fair at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore.
Vancouver Police Department Sgt. Danielle Wass, right, talks with officers Brandon Riedel, center, and Brandon Esau on Thursday at the Public Safety and First Responder Career Fair at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore. (Photos by Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

On a recent Thursday, three Vancouver police officers stood around a table at a law enforcement hiring fair near Portland.

The officers handed out lip balm, hand sanitizer bottles, pens and tote bags labeled “JOIN VPD” to potential applicants at their table, which displayed a department surveillance drone in front of flashy marketing videos designed to bring in job applications.

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