Police will film chase as part of promo
By MICHAEL HALL The Brunswick News
The Brunswick Police Department is banking on attracting a few good men and women with the help of a self-produced recruitment video that will feature a car chase scene to be filmed this weekend.
To film the scene, police will temporarily block the area around Dogwood and Boxwood streets between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.
Lt. Todd Rhodes, public information officer for the Brunswick Police Department, said the chase scene will be included because it is sometimes part of the job.
"We are trying to make it as realistic as possible," Rhodes said. "We want it to give (potential officers) a good idea of what we do and the integrity we do it with."
When complete, the video will be used by the department's recruiter to show police academy students what the Brunswick department is all about, Rhodes said.
"We hope it will inspire more young officers to consider the Brunswick department," Rhodes said.
Giving a clear picture of what the job entails is important when trying to attract new officers because many people do not have an accurate idea of what the job entails, he said.
"What child hasn't played cops and robbers?" Rhodes said. "But the job is not for the faint of heart."
Officers often have to deal with people who are not at their best, he said.
"You have to have that inner desire to help people, to be a cop," he said.
Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green said the department currently employs 65 officers but has a capacity to employ 72.
Anything the department can do to increase its visibility to new recruits is a good thing, he said.
"This is a good way to put ourselves out there," Green said.
Brunswick may not be a big city, but it offers a great opportunity for young police officers to experience everything from true community policing to occasional action. The video will show that and hopefully raise some interest, Green said.
* Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other topics. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 320.