Police Hiring practices - april 2021
Police Hiring Practices
Released April 2021
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We undertook this audit due to City Council concerns regarding
Police hiring. Recent civic unrest has highlighted what media
articles term a crisis in police hiring and retention across the
country. We reviewed best practices for law enforcement
agencies, recruitment, background, training, and hiring
procedures for recruits and sworn officers. Lastly, we assessed
how the Atlanta Police Department's hiring practices address
- From 2017 through September 2020, 12,129 individuals entered applications for police officer positions in the city’s Taleo system.
- Police hired 171(1.4%) officers.
- Police’s recruitment process is rigorous and is designed to disqualify candidates who fail to meet the department’s hiring
- We found that 92% of applicants who began completing the waiver packet failed to finish it.
- Police do not consistently use Taleo, the city’s recruiting system, that is integrated with Oracle. From January 2019 to November 2020, Police hired 88 officers who never had records entered into Taleo.
- City Council recently expanded ACRB’s (Atlanta Citizen Review Board) authority to include making hiring recommendations of police recruits, and observing applicant hiring interviews; Police and ACRB have not yet implemented this expanded role.