Greensboro Police Chief Robert White started Student Outreach and Recruiting in 1999 to boost a slumping number of law enforcement applications.
Fred Rafilson, president of the International Fire and Police Recruitment, said the number of new people entering the law enforcement field has reached an all-time low.
"It's a very national problem," he said.
"The numbers started to decline seven years ago. In the last five years, it has gotten bad, and in the last two years it has reached critical proportions."
Rafilson attributes the decrease to the booming economy and increased money-making opportunities in the private sector of the economy.
"People can make the same amount of money not working odd shifts, working holidays and risking their lives," he said.
White, aware of the shrinking numbers, proposed the program to bring the number of new law enforcement officers to a healthier number.
White said the free college education incentive is a good way to attract prospective law enforcement officers.
"We consistently recruit at the college level, and my thought was to start at the high school level," he said.