Real world and virtual world are getting closer all the time. Now, the Vancouver Police Department will be using Second Life to recruit.

That’s not a joke. They’re serious about using the online sim (it’s not really a game) to find likely people to become police officers. The belief is that those who are in Second Life are “tech savvy”, have an understanding of the Internet, and are comfortable in the online world.

With more crime than ever being perpetrated through the ‘net, it does make sense that the police should be keeping up with developments. Of course, just being able to find your way around Second Life or You Tube or My Space doesn’t mean you’re especially savvy about the net. But it’s a start.

Will it work out? That’s a question for the future. I don’t know how much real-world recruiting goes on in SL, though I do know that the Vancouver PD isn’t the first to try this.

Is it silly? Virtual worlds of all kinds are becoming more important every day. The time may come when most hiring is done virtually. And it’s nothing especially new, either.

Back in the early ’80s, the three of us who started the original GameSIG on CompuServe never met anyone from CIS. Everything was handled with mail, email, and phone calls. So is recruiting in Second Life any stranger?

But I wonder how the Vancouver PD will handle the griefers. In the meantime, check out the article and see what you think.

Vancouver PD recruits in Second Life