Staffing in American Policing
The step in police staffing involves the application by the candidates. When an individual applies for the post, he or she is provided with a questionnaire to prove his or her interest and eligibility. This is because the state government would not employ jokers for police. The questionnaires are then reviewed by the agencies. The successful candidates are then invited for an exam.
The second stage, I learnt, is the taking of examination by the invited candidates. The exam can either be written or in video form. It was quite a relief to learn that these exams are not very academic. They are not of specific courses. The aim of the test is to evaluate the general aptitude of the candidates. The tests include reading skills, problem-solving, writing skills and memory test. In video examination, a candidate is allowed to watch a scenario in video and give his or her feedback. The feedback is the evaluated appropriately.
When one passes these tests, he or she subjected to another series of tests. These include physical fitness, background information, drug test, polygraph and general medical test. The physical fitness is to ascertain the condition of the body. Policing involves a lot of physical duties. Therefore, a candidate should not have any form of disability. The background information helps the agency to trace the criminal records. This was a very wise step taken in the recruitment. It ensures that no enemy of the state is admitted into the system. The background information is also helpful in understanding the culture and needs of a police officer. Drug test ensures that no candidate is abusing drugs. Abuse of drugs in the service will compromise the state security. Medical test involve urine test, weight, vision test, chest X-ray, measurement of blood pressure and all other necessary tests as recommended the agency physician. These tests are to ensure one is in good health before get the job. A sick police officer cannot be effective in the service. These were some of the aspects of American Policing I discovered from Larry and Gaines.
Larry, K, Gaines and Victor, E. Policing in America. Anderson Publishing Co. 2004. Print