Law Enforcement Agencies: Don’t Stop Hiring because of the Pandemic
By Russ Warner, Marketing –
The article, “Why agencies must continue recruitment during the COVID-19 pandemic” by Sgt. Matt Cobb posted on Policeone.com is intriguing.
Many law enforcement agencies have stopped recruiting, training, attending career fairs and classroom presentations primarily because of the uncertainty of budgets and the challenges associated with conducting lie detection tests while keeping safe social distance. Doing nothing is certainly a choice, but keeping workforces running and mitigating risks associating with crime are vital as well.
Sgt. Cobb indicates that agencies should err on the side of having too many officers than not enough. Budget monies can be moved around. Trillions in stimulus funds are available. First responders and infrastructure will be funded. So, hire, hire, hire.
He cautions that in times of recession, agencies can have an overabundance of job applicants due to layoffs and furloughs in other industries. Some folks might be attracted to the job security of law enforcement. But, Sgt. Cobb warns that some new hires are not necessarily interested in the long-term career path offered by law enforcement. He cautions to spend time in the interview to see “why” applicants want the job.
With today’s technology, job applicants can be interviewed by phone or video conference. There’s no need to stop doing that. Background checks can be conducted by in-house personnel.
And, with EyeDetect®, job applicants can be tested in person to determine their truthfulness about drug use and participation in criminal acts — while still maintaining safe social distancing.
EyeDetect® is the only accurate lie detector in the world that allows examiners to keep a safe social distance from examinees. It is 88% accurate in pre-employment screening tests.
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