Colonie police create fun video in hopes of attracting new recruits

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COLONIE – There’s never been a more challenging time to encourage young people to become police officers, so the Colonie Police Department challenged itself to find a new way to do it.

The four-minute spectacle designed to entertain, inform and create some excitement about carrying a badge for Colonie.

"They had to be an element of humor, some self-deprecating humor. You know, show that we’re humans," said Deputy Chief Robert Winn.

He is expecting up to eight vacancies in the department in the next six months. With a nationwide swoon in public opinion about policing, the old recruitment manual was put out to pasture, opting instead for an approach that was more exciting.

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Registration closes soon for their September civil service exam.

Learn about who paid for the recruitment video by watching Jerry Gretzinger’s story.

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