Friday, October 12, 2007

Still No Word On Police Hiring Plans

One article that I read in the last month made mention of the police department hiring 8 new officers, but as a police officer who reads this site pointed out, that seems awfully fast. After passing the recruitment exam, there's the academy along with various evaluations and other tests.

(The officer also pointed out that this was the first he/she was hearing of the new hires, and that he/she would know if new people were around.)

I just want to hear the plan. For example:

"Step 1. Give entrance exam."
"Step 2. Send 50 people through evaluation and training process."
"Step 3. Hire the best 23 people that make it through."

The best we've heard so far are vague references that faintly suggest that more officers will be hired. If you are the next person who get robbed, you will know we need more than that.

1 comment:

15 year APD officer said...

Here it is as I see it. Several months ago we were told that we were hiring 4 officers from Baltimore city. We were told they were Puerto Ricans that Baltimore had recruited. None were ever hired. Then we were told that they were ready to hire 4 more lateral officers. Just last week I heard that the 4 was down to two. So as far as I know we have two lateral officers starting October 18, 2007. Now for the bad news, I know of eight officers who have either just left APD of will retire by the first of the year. We also have several officers out hurt. CID is short handed, Patrol is short handed and foot patrol currently has no officers (one vacancy, one retirement, two out hurt). No additional tests have been given. No one has been hired from the last test yet. Yesterday was the largest job fair in the area held at the AACO fairgrounds. I counted about 8 police departments in attendance but no APD (well at least not behind the tables!). It sure looks like a lot of talk but no action on the hiring front. Capt. B. Hopkins has been in charge of hiring for 20 years. It is time for a change. 15 year APD officer