News An SPD Reality Check
posted by April 11 at 11:39 AMon
The dailies have been trumpeting the department’s supposed success of SPD’s recent recruitment drive in New York, but things aren’t going as well as SPD would have you believe.
From the Times:
SPD officials say they’ve received 750 applicants, including 163 of New York’s finest, who will take the test April 19 at New York University.
The turnout is unprecedented — so much so that the department actually had to quit taking applications, said Officer Monique Avery, who said she had expected about 70 people to sign up for the test.
Seattle would like to hire 90 officers this year, and at least 65 each year through 2011, said police Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer.
From the PI:
About 200 applicants, including about 20 NYPD officers, have signed up to take Seattle’s written exam, offered April 19 at New York University
In 2006, it took 33 applicants for SPD to hire one officer, so there’s no reason the department should have stopped taking applications.
Two years ago, SPD received 2,173 recruit applications. Only 877 of those applicants actually took the department’s written test, and only 412 passed. After additional testing and background checks, only 65 recruits were eligible for jobs, and SPD only hired 32 new officers from the original pool of 2,173 applicants.
So while 750 applications may seem like a lot, that only boils down to about 22 new officers, not even close to the department’s goal of putting 90 more cops on the street.