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City of Raleigh holds job fair in search of public safety workers

Posted September 16

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— Officials with the City of Raleigh say they are taking a new approach to recruiting public safety workers.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the city will host a public safety job fair in an effort to reach out to potential police officers, firefighters and employees for the emergency communications office.

According to the City of Raleigh's Talent Acquisition Manager Robert Jones, Raleigh needs about 30 firefighters and 40 police officers for its upcoming training academies.

Despite recent protests surrounding pay scales, Jones said the city does not have a shortage of applicants.

"We have never really had a shortage of interest of people coming to Raleigh and looking at jobs in public safety," he said.

Jones said, last year, the city had over 1,000 applications for the fall academy.

"We had 500 people that came to Raleigh to sit in the convention center and take a written exam. I was overwhelmed by the response," he said.

This year, Jones said he has already received 195 applications since an announcement seeking firefighters was posted on Monday.

"We've had 1,098 applications for police officer roles since March 1. That's the good news," Jones said.

Now, with an abundance of applications, Jones said the focus is on diversity. He said applications have been received from people across the country.

Saturday's job fair will be held at North Carolina State University's McKimmon Center.

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