Law enforcement came out in full force on Monday for a recruiting forum hosted in front of Memory Mall.
Large crowds surrounded the variety of vehicles as professionals from the Orlando Police Department, UCF Career Services, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, and Alpha Phi Sigma talked to students interested in a law enforcement career.
The equipment showcase was available from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and then again later in the afternoon from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., but that’s not all these organizations had available for the day.
There was also a forum in UCF Classroom Building II (CB2) in room 206. SWAT, Crime Scene Investigations, Crisis Negotiations, HAZMAT and Orlando’s Police Department Recruiting Unit explained what they do and how their hiring process works. They also answered questions as well.
“We just want to open our doors and open our ears to hear questions that the students may have and then just answer them to help them get a jump start, whether it be interviewing skills or what to do to make yourself a better qualified applicant,” Orlando Police Department Recruiting Supervisor Sgt. Jerry Goglas said.
The Orlando Police Department usually has about 7,000 applicants for only 40 spots, so these officers are hoping to help students in the application process.
“We hire for a career,” Goglas said. “I don’t want to hire somebody for two years. I want to hire somebody for 20+ years that can come out and do the right thing in the community and help others.”