BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Police Department is trying some new approaches to find new recruits.

Mayor Jared Kraham and State Senator Fred Akshar joined the BPD today to announce upcoming open house dates for those interested in joining the police force.

On July 20th, at Binghamton City Hall, there will be two open house sessions throughout the day.

The first running from 9 a.m. to noon, and then in the evening from 4 to 7 p.m.

Applicants must be legal residents of Broome County or any bordering county and must be between 18 and 34 years of age on the date of the police exam; there are exceptions for those serving in the military.

Assistant Director for New Student Programs at Binghamton University, Alyssa Cohen says, “They learn important strategies to help them be successful in their first semester here at Binghamton, and college in general. So I think it’s incredibly important that students attend and just absorb all of the information. Obviously we can’t teach them every single thing about the university, so, we really focus on what they need for that first semester, that first year, to make them successful and have a great time here at Binghamton.”

This year, instead of the average campus tour, BU has set-up an interactive scavenger hunt around the university.

There are also educational opportunities for family members to understand their role in supporting students, while allowing them to become independent.

Cohen says an important aspect of orientation is teaching students what she calls, Binghamton 101.

Students who are not from this area learn the basic history of our community and the university’s part in it.