In order to recruit 400 new employees this year, New Zealand police are using a series of social experiments that explore issues police officers deal with on a daily basis.
In one particular experiment posted on Facebook, officers placed a young boy near a garbage bin and had him rummage through it to see how passersby react. They wanted to determine how many people would actually step up to help. "If you said you would have stopped, then you may be just the kind of person NZ Police is looking for," New Zealand Police Deputy Chief Executive Public Affairs Karen Jones said.
"We are looking for people who care about the people in their communities. People who will step in when they see someone who needs helps or is doing something that is unsafe," she added.
The young boy used in the video was an actor and not really a poor child. The faces of people were blurred out in order to maintain confidentiality. However, their reactions clearly showed that while around 500 people saw the boy hopelessly picking through the garbage bin, only around 10 of them took time out to help him or even talk to him.
The experiment just goes to show how a lot of people might see someone in trouble but a very few of them might actually be willing to help them. Although there could be a good reason they do not step forward, New Zealand police are now on the lookout for individuals who would be readily willing to help those around them.
Indeed, this is a unique way of determining whether or not someone deserves to be part of the law enforcement force, though only time can determine how effective the method actually is.