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At least 12 law enforcement agencies are holding job fairs in Cary as job openings persist

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CARY, NC (WNCN) – Employers from across central North Carolina are seeing the struggles of staff shortages and law enforcement is at the top of that list.

On Saturday, the Cary Police Department helped spearhead a law enforcement job fair in Wake County. The event was attended by more than a dozen city officials, all looking for qualified candidates to fill vacancies.

You’ve heard it all year since the COVID-19 pandemic — the “great resignation.” The pandemic took a toll on law enforcement as more officers and MPs retired or pursued new career paths. People from all over the triangle took part a career fair Saturday at Cary’s Herb Young Community Center.

Candidates like Keli Lloyd are looking for work after losing their jobs during the pandemic.

“I want to find a job that’s really meaningful and fulfilling and something that I really feel like I’m helping other people with,” she said.

Others are looking for a career change.

“I’m just exploring my options as I consider retiring from the military and devoting myself full-time to public service,” said Manuel Rengifo.

While other candidates were of interest to employers, it was 25-year-old Jordan Maith that caught the attention of many recruiters. His previous career as a law enforcement officer and a master’s degree in criminal justice have made him a desirable asset.

“It’s encouraging to me because it’s like a kid in a candy store right now. I try to see what opportunities are best for me. who will be righteous who will take care of me And overall people who will take care of me,” Maith said.

He said the experience at the job fair was overwhelming, but it’s the calling to help others that pushes him to get back behind the badge.

“Every agency has different things. So everyone is different – ​​I noticed that with every agency here,” said Maith.

“That’s exactly what we wanted. We’ve been able to speak to a lot of people who wanted to come out and lead in their specific communities, and hopefully Cary was one of their options,” said Sgt. Travis Gresham with Cary Police Department.

Right now the department is down 8 percent and they hope events like this will change that.

Gresham spoke about what’s next after Saturday’s job fair.

“For many of these candidates, their first interview with us is next and we hope they will be successful. They either go on to law enforcement elementary schools or they start with some field training officers down the street,” Gresham said.

The Cary Police Department currently has 16 vacancies. Based on Recent reports from the Raleigh Police Department have more than 100 vacancies. And they want to fill those positions as soon as possible.

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DUSTIN JONES

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