FWPD Uses Parked Police Cruisers To Advertise Hiring Drive

Andrew Greenstein
January 28, 2020 - 4:34 pm
Fort Worth Police Department

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - If you've driven along major Interstate freeways in Fort Worth lately, you may have noticed police cruisers parked alongside the roadway facing traffic.

There are four police cruisers parked in strategic areas throughout Fort Worth, positioned in a way that leads drivers to believe that there's an officer inside conducting radar speed enforcement.

"Not only are they highly visible, but they're either high-traffic areas where people would be on their phones, stuff like that," says Fort Worth officer Buddy Calzada. "Anytime you have anything that says 'police' with lights like that, it can not only slow people down, but it can deter crime."

But along with getting drivers to slow down and pay attention, those police cruisers are actually advertising a recruitment drive.

The windshields of them — they do say "now hiring," says Ofc. Calzada. "The outside of it looks just like a normal police car."

The hiring drive goes from February 10th through February 24th, and it's done on the Fort Worth Police Department's website.

Calzada says along with recruiting new police officers, the goal is to increase safety on some of the busiest roadways in the city.

"We're actually in the middle of trying to gather some traffic stats to see if less accidents have taken place in these areas, if less speeders have been going through these certain areas and actually slowing down," Calzada says.

Even though the cruisers are unattended, it's not a good idea to break into one and take it on a joyride.

"Keep in mind those things are GPS," says Calzada. "We know where they’re at at all times. We know where officers are at at all times. And so it wouldn't be a good idea to borrow one of those."