"The Recruits"

Through much of my time on the Journal‘s “cop desk,” criminologists, police officers and community workers in Edmonton linked rising crime to the province’s oil boom.

But my colleagues and I noticed another “boom” trend affecting the people we interviewed everyday at homicide scenes and house fires: A shortage of people interested in jumping into uniforms.

Over the course of a three-day series in 2007, Ryan Cormier, Elise Stolte and I investigated the issues, starting with a story called “Front lines stretched thin.” A centrepiece of our coverage was profiles of new recruits (you can read my story about a young police officer here).

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