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Hillsboro police recruitment video getting national attention

HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

Hillsboro police are looking for a new chief, and their search is getting national attention.

Earlier this month, the department released a recruiting video where officers act in a series of sketches to highlight what they're looking for in their new leader.

When former Police Chief Carey Sullivan resigned earlier this year, the department decided to think outside the box and came up with a creative way to find his replacement.

They hired a local production company and, over a span of three days in July, shot this video.

As of Tuesday morning, the video had received more than 15,000 views. Even national gossip website Gawker picked it up.

The price tag for the recruitment video: more than $9,000, and it was paid for by taxpayer dollars.

The video is getting mixed reaction.

"Honestly, it's a lot. We need to get some help, and that money could be used in a better way. I don't think it's necessary to put that video," said Lucy Gutierrez, who lives in Hillsboro.

"It's kind of nice. Just make them human. They're human. We're too hard on them," another resident, Jill Johnson, said.

The police department says funds came out of a budget specifically reserved for recruiting.

They point out that had they hired a recruitment agency instead, it would've cost thousands more.

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