Police Chief Jody Kasper told Western Mass News that COVID-19 hasn't impacted their recruitment efforts, however, it's getting harder on a national level to find people to apply.

NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM)-- Western Mass News received an update on the Northampton Police Department's 30 by 30 pledge, a national movement where departments are aiming to have female officer make up 30 percent of their recruitment classes by 2030.

Police Chief Jody Kasper told Western Mass News that COVID-19 hasn't impacted their recruitment efforts, however, it's getting harder on a national level to find people to apply.

"We're seeing that nationally there's a strong national trend of less interest in public safety services and police services so we have an uphill battle ahead of us when it comes to attracting great candidates so that we can best serve the City," explained Chief Kasper.

Northampton's Police Department was the first to take the 30 by 30 pledge, followed by Mass. State Police and then the Arlington Police Department.

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