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Dallas police applications up 344 percent after deadly officer shootings

Posted: 5:36 AM, Jul 26, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-26 14:39:39Z

Dallas police applications have tripled after five local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty by a gunman who said he was angry with police.

The July 7 attack was the deadliest event for law enforcement since September 11. But it doesn't seem to have deterred people from joining the force.

From June 8 to June 20, the police department received 136 applications, averaging to 11.3 applications per day, the Dallas Police Department said in a Facebook post Friday.

Then from July 8 to July 20 -- the 12 days following the shooting -- the department received 467 applications, or 38.9 applications per day.

In total, this was a 344 percent increase since the shootings, police said.

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Applications "are steadily flowing in daily," police added.

Two weeks ago, days after the tragic shootings, Dallas Police Chief David Brown urged protesters to join the police force, announcing, "We’re hiring."

"Get off that protest line and put an application in and we’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about," Brown said at a news conference.