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03-12-09, 01:17 AM #1
Police agencies buried in resumes
Police agencies buried in resumes - USATODAY.com
By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
Job seekers are swamping federal, state and local police agencies during the economic downturn, a reversal from recent years when departments struggled to find qualified recruits.
Police chiefs expect the new prospects, many of them highly experienced and victims of corporate cutbacks, will be better suited to fill a range of public safety jobs, from dispatchers to beat cops.
"We're talking about people who have been in the workforce for a long time," Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt says. "They know what being part of a team means and are more mature about the world of work."
The FBI, which said in December it would hire about 3,000 agents and staffers, is sorting through 227,000 applications, the largest such response in its history. Among the usual accountants, military veterans and recent college graduates are computer technicians and financial executives. A Washington chef and two National Football League players also expressed interest in jobs.
"This year, there is great appeal in government work," says Gwendolyn Hubbard, who is overseeing the bureau's hiring for jobs paying $35,000 to $153,000, with health care and retirement plans. "People are attracted by the benefits and job security."
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Despite the many applicants, the FBI is running ads for agent jobs in part because about 50% fail background checks, she says. Advertising for the recent hiring program cost less than $1 million, FBI spokesman Mike Kortan says.
Among other law enforcement agencies seeing lots of applicants:
ē In Las Vegas, car salesmen, mortgage brokers and construction workers ó representing some of the nation's most troubled industries ó want to help keep the peace in America's playground.
Normally, about 280 prospects take the entrance test each month. That rose to 400 in the past few months, says police Lt. Blake Quackenbush. A 69-year-old man who "out-ran a lot of younger people" and two chiropractors recently took the exam.
ē Houston's Police Chief Hurtt says his agency has been getting about 200 more applications a month since late last year. He sees evidence of better-qualified officers. Cadets that graduated from the local police academy last week posted the highest combined score on academic tests of any class in city history. One of the cadets also broke the record for most consecutive push-ups: 1,100.
ē The Phoenix Police Department set an annual record for the most applicants last year ó 4,000 ó before the hiring program was shut down in October because of budget cuts. "The economy had to play a part in this," Sgt. Forrest Vincent says, though he also credits the agency's aggressive recruiting.
Police agencies are among the few employers still hiring. When the Justice Department invited local agencies to apply for a share of $1 billion in stimulus funding to hire more officers, its website got 19,000 inquiries within a week.
"It's been unbelievable," says Justice Department spokesman Corey Ray.
03-12-09, 01:22 AM #2
It just keeps getting harder for those of us trying to get a LEO job =(
03-12-09, 08:30 AM #3
I'm testing at a dept today, 400 applicants for one position.
Lovely.Thereís a promise I need you to make
While Iím gone you take care of the love
And Iíll deal with the hate.
Donít worry about me; Iíll be all right
Just care for your children and sleep tight
Iíll keep you safe on my watch tonight
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03-12-09, 08:32 AM #4
Maybe things move to this area more slowly, but we are not seeing it. We are having trouble filling 4 slots with qualified people and it's not the agency. We start at good pay, have good equipment, and enough going on to keep a rook interested.*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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03-12-09, 08:45 AM #5
Yeah we're not seeing it either.
In my opinion we're already understaffed without the budget problems, and we have 3 retiring this year, and none of those positions are expected to be filled due to budget cuts.
We have our fingers crossed for two cops grants.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
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03-12-09, 09:13 AM #6
The promise of larger government always brings those seeking 'job security'. Once they weed out the hoppers, histories, and headcases, the pool will be thinner.
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03-12-09, 10:13 AM #7
well i just took the post test here last month and it was a full @$$ room. With how easy the test was i am assuming 99% passed. Add all that to the pool thats already out there applying and I am sure most openings in MN are gonna get a ton of PPL applying.
03-12-09, 10:37 AM #8
We are having a problem keeping our people as they proceed through their training, it's un friggin beleavable. In fact we had one transfer from a college police department, he finishes everything and it assigned to a squad in the north portion of the city, i.e. drugs and alot of calls. He decides to quit befoire even showing up.
At one point we were having a waiting list, but I just heard we are now 27 officers short, dammit. But then I shouldn't be saying anything because I am hopefully going to make that number 28........................Swamp Mafia
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03-12-09, 10:53 AM #9
I really didnt need to hear this...I am trying to move.Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
03-12-09, 11:39 AM #10
I just got a glimpse of Obama talking on TV in front of 25 newly, federally funded cops in some city. What he didn't say was that the funding to pay them was only good for a year. If the agency doesn't get more money on it's own, most of them will be on the street at the end of the year.
Feds should stay out of local government stuff unless it's to buy equipment or a capital improvement.When I used to be somebody (I'm center top)
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03-12-09, 12:03 PM #11
We don't see it here either. Though my dept. has issues and is not one of the desired spots. I only think people would apply if they are from here or want to use the dept. to get the academy under their belts and try to jump to another dept. And my dept. has not really even tried to hire much at all lately. But I've not heard of increased applications anywhere around here. Though that doesn't necessarily mean it isn't happening.
Another possible reason for increased numbers in bigger depts. is that in certain areas, they may be the only depts. that are still hiring at all. Many depts. have hiring freezes because of budget concerns. So it would make sense that if only one or a few big cities in an area are hiring, and the smaller ones aren't, that more people will be trying for the big ones.CHIRP! CHIRP!
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