The number of people applying to be police officers in Boston has fallen dramatically in the past few years, prompting the department to launch an aggressive recruiting campaign.

Deputy Superintendent Lisa Holmes, who leads the recruitment drive, says the department is seeking applicants at neighborhood meetings, on social media and even at public events like Sunday's St. Patrick's Day parade.

As of Friday March 15th  just about 1,000 city residents had signed up for the next exam. The deadline is April.

That's down from more than 2,500 city applicants and 13,000 statewide applicants in 2007; and 1,680 city and nearly 9,700 statewide applicants in 2011.

Experts tell the Boston Herald being a police officer doesn't have the job security it once had, and police are under intense media scrutiny