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Video: San Jose PD Struggling to Fill Ranks

February 25, 2016  | 

VIDEO: San Jose PD Struggling to Fill Ranks

Luring applicants to the San Jose (CA) Police Department is becoming an increasing challenge, especially with roughly 50 police agencies around the South Bay that are also hiring.

The current San Jose police academy started on Friday and only has seven recruits, NBC Bay Area reports. Officials have been working on trying to bolster San Jose's understaffed police force and are now ramping up efforts to attract more recruits.

"Our priority right now is recruiting," said Lt. Heather Randol, SJPD's recruitment commander. "It's important for us to expand our efforts and really start building up those academy classes."

The San Jose Police Department is rethinking almost everything when it comes to recruiting, even taking part of the hiring exams on the road as well.

The mobile hiring exams allow a candidate to take part in the required written, agility and oral exams at home, rather than having to fly to San Jose.

"It hasn't been easy," Randol said. "As people can see from our small academy sizes, recruiting in San Jose and across the country has been very difficult."

Comments (7)

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Lt Roy Smith LASD @ 2/25/2016 1:15 PM

No problem....just lower the standards more....2 felony convictions OK......made to the 10th grade in any high school......take on seniors without a physical test..

J.Johnson -Retired LEO @ 2/25/2016 1:49 PM

Hint, hint, people just do not want to put up with the crap that goes with being a police officer today, especially in California. Where are all the progressives, black lives matters and other groups that demand action? Why are they not putting in applications and work for change from within, instead of protesting, rioting and being disruptive and loud. It is easier to demand change rather than actually work for change from within. That is if they could pass the tests, background check, physiological exams and additional requirements to get in.

tedb @ 2/25/2016 1:51 PM

You got it L.T.---and give them some free stuff, because the tech-savvy morons who have absolutely no common sense expect that. Then send them to special academies where they can reflect on "Redistribution of wealth"; "Political correctness in decision making" and " Dialoguing in times of crises" and other pertinent topics so as not to shock the little darling's consciences.

NC Trooper @ 2/25/2016 3:26 PM

After being hired promise them "Safe Spaces" in a patrol car or at the office when feeling stressed. The wussification of the American male.

Capt. Mac @ 2/28/2016 7:49 AM

Seven recruits? Time to swap out the "Recruiting Manager."

South Fla Deputy @ 2/28/2016 12:51 PM

When I attended the academy in 1992 seemed like all the latest training ideas and techniques were from San Jose. That agency seemed to set the standard and I read a few books written by officers that worked there. I guess time marches on and the changes to training and benefits took its toll on San Jose just like all other large agencies. I've been hearing the California retirement system is not so great, plus its expensive to live there. The job certainly has become more difficult over the last 8 years, and news that a premier agency like San Jose is having problems hiring is just more proof of what our society is becoming. Indifferent, selfish, and unqualified is becoming the norm. Unfortunate and sad.

Big B @ 3/12/2016 8:08 PM

I can definitely speak on this. I've gone through their process as recently as 2013. Believe me on this, they get a lot of people that go through their testing and backgrounds, and continue to push people out the door. There are plenty of us , that have good backgrounds, but their nit-pickiness is what continues to be their problem. They are so cocky and arrogant in believing they are still the premier department is their problem too. They only have 7 in this class shows how picky they are. They got the worst benefits package in the state, and there are people that are willing to sacrifice their life including mine to work in a PD with the worst package around. But that doesn't count cause they just continue to turn people away. How bout looking at the overall candidate instead picking things in backgrounds, that doesn't really affect the overall candidate? That's what they did to me, and many other people I know that went through the process. It's all on SJPD. Watch the 7 lateral out

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