CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Police Department is changing its recruiting efforts to increase the number of applicants.
Recruitment numbers have been dwindling over the past several years, according to police officials.
At one point around 6,000 people were signing up to join the police department each year, but that number has decreased significantly to around 2,200 to 2,500 applicants.
According to Sergeant Dominic Gulliford of Cincinnati Police Recruitment, the decline may be due to social media.
"It's difficult nowadays because of everything that's out there on social media to get a group of people that want to be police officers," Gulliford said. "When I say a 'good' group, I'm talking about the numbers."
One of CPD's new goals is improving diversity within recruit classes.
"We want people in every community, no matter what community they're in, no matter what their background is," Gulliford said. "If you're a good person, we don't care anything about where you come from.
The next police class will take place in July 2018. Some of the requirements to become a police officer include being at least 21 years old and having a valid Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana driver's license.
More information, including how to sign up, can be found by visiting CPD's recruiting website.