Philadelphia Police Commissioner Says Recruiting New Officers Remains A Challenge

CBS Philly

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he’s having more than a little trouble finding a few good men and women for the force.

At a hearing on the Police Department budget, Commissioner Ramsey said recruiting new officers remains a bigger challenge than ever, in fact just getting them to show up is a challenge.

“We have a large percentage of people, 50-percent, sometimes more, that don’t show for orientation, even though they’ve been invited. You can’t get into the process if you don’t show for the orientation.”

Ramsey said this recruiting difficulty is particularly true of African American males, whose representation on the force has dropped from 16-percent to about 9-percent.

All of this, he told council members, has prompted the Department to re-examine their approach to recruiting.

“We’re looking at every single phase, to see where we’re losing people and whether or not…

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