By Gary Budzak
People interested in joining the Delaware Police Department will now be part of a new, continuous recruitment process.
Delaware City Council recently approved rule changes recommended by the Civil Service Commission. The Commission considered the rule changes over three meetings.
“Right now we conduct a test once a year,” said City Attorney Darren Shulman. “People come that day, they do well, they get put on a list. Under the new process, we’re going to move to we’re going to allow candidates to take a test from a third party vendor. That test is offered multiple times per year at multiple locations, so it will be a lot more convenient.”
Shulman said the rule changes involve making the eligibility list a rolling list and placing the candidates according to their score.
“If someone comes in two months after the initial list and gets the best score, rather than being put on the bottom, we can put them on the very top as their score indicates,” Shulman said. “We believe this will keep our list fresh, and get the best candidates.”
In addition, people taking the test can select the member cities they want their score to be sent to.
“We believe that a lot of folks interested in being police officers might apply to Delaware, too,” Shulman said. “We think it will broaden our pool of candidates to people who may not have thought of us otherwise.”
Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski said the new tests are upgraded from what the department currently offers.
“At the beginning of the process, I was very skeptical,” said Councilwoman Lisa Keller, who also sits on the commission. “I was used to the more traditional way. Through the diligent process of the commission, I believe this is the best course of action. It gives us a wider net of candidates, and shaves time off of the hiring process.”
For more information, visit http://www.delawareohio.net/Departments/Police/default.aspx.
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