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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Days after five police officers were shot and killed downtown, Dallas Police Department Chief David Brown was asked to give advice to demonstrators and he encouraged them to “put an application in.” Today the department confirmed hoards of people are responding to the call.

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DPD released a statement saying that they have “seen an unprecedented surge in applications since Chief Brown called upon protesters and others to help improve police community relationships.”

While department leaders said they don’t know the gender or race of the applicants, or what exactly motivated them to apply, they said they are pleased with the interest, will process all the applications equally and will hire “the best qualified candidates.”

For the 12-day period between June 8 and June 20 DPD received a total of 136 applications. For the 12-day period between July 8 and July 20 they received 467 applications — that’s a 344-percent increase.

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Normally the department hires about 15-percent of the applicants who go through the entire hiring process.

There was already a group of applicants in the process of trying to join the force when officers were ambushed on July 7 and officials say none of those recruits have resigned or “had a change of heart about being an officer.”

Officials with the department are encouraging even more people to apply and said their next testing dates will take place at police headquarters on August 18-21.

Anyone interested in becoming an officer with the Dallas Police Department can begin the application process on their website.

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