NEW HAVEN POLICE RECRUITMENT PROVES TO BE A SUCCESS
(9/26/2007) Numbers of Applications Received Nearly Doubles from Previous Recruitment Drives
NEW HAVEN- After a two-month recruitment drive that included a series of open houses, public service announcements and a “You Too Would Look Good in Blue” campaign, the New Haven Police Department received 919 completed applications from prospective candidates. This year’s recruitment efforts yielded nearly twice as many applicants as the 2006 efforts when 483 applications were received. The breakdown of the applicant pool includes 781 males and 138 females.
“Our goal is to increase the size of the police force in New Haven by 45 by the time this process is completed,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “We need strong men and women who have the character, commitment and abilities necessary to provide safety and peace of mind to residents and visitors of New Haven. I look forward to a thorough testing process that will hopefully yield a stellar academy class in the spring.”
Of the total applicant pool, 54 percent reported as white, 22 percent as black, 16 percent as Hispanic, 7 percent as multiethnic/unidentified/other/Native American and 1 percent as Asian. Recruitment efforts drew in 203 New Haven Residents as well as more than 700 individuals from surrounding cities, 40 of which were from other states.
“The Police Department, Human Resources and our community partners did an excellent job getting the word out and motivating individuals to pursue careers as New Haven Police Officers,” said Chief Francisco Ortiz. “Being a police officer is a hard job for which we need dedicated, talented and hard-working individuals who will keep their commitments to make positive impacts on our community.”
The next step in the application process for candidates is the physical agility exam scheduled to begin on October 12th. All applicants are invited to attend the physical agility component in order continue in the process. Only applicants who successfully complete the physical agility exam are eligible to take the written exam which is currently scheduled to be administered in November. Individuals who pass the written exam will then take part in oral examinations in December. The final list is then presented to the Civil Service Commission for eligibility.
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