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Who Taken the Chicago Police Exam Last Year? Here’s the Incident – NBC Chicago

Who took the Chicago police entrance exam in 2021, when the department – facing higher-than-usual attrition rates – wants to consolidate and diversify its ranks after the watchdog reported about retaining minority applicants throughout the application process?

ONE report from Chicago Office of Inspector General released in July 2021 found that Black applicants made up 37% of the initial pool of CPD applicants, but only 18% of those invited to the academy, while “Asian, Hispanic, and white applicants increased their applicant ratio at the end of the hiring process”.

In evaluating applications submitted between 2016 and 2018, the OIG noted that Black male applicants had the highest attrition rates during the background investigation phase, while Black female applicants from with the highest rate in the fitness test.

New figures obtained by NBC 5 Investigates through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal the number of applicants who took the written exam in 2021, broken down by race and gender.

Those numbers show a total of 3,789 people took the exam in June, 8, 10, 11 and 12.

In June, before the OIG report was released, 272 white candidates took the exam, compared with 368 black applicants. The number of Hispanic applicants more than doubled, at 891.

By the end of the year, Hispanic applicants were the highest percentage of candidates taking the exam with 1,832 people, or 48.4%. Black applicants were the second largest group with 1,033 people, or 27.3%. A total of 639 white applicants took the test, or 16.9%. The total number of Asian applicants reached 120, or 3.2%, while 80 applicants did not provide their race and 70 applicants marked two or more races (both representing about 2% of the total). . Nine Native Americans or Alaska Natives took the exam, as did six Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders (about 0.2% each).

Out of a total of 3,789 people who registered for the written exam last year, the data showed that 2,564 (67.6%) were male and 1,198 (31.6%) were female, while 27 individuals did not provide their gender. surname. The OIG report shows that during the period studied, women accounted for 34% of applications but did not go through the process to end up making up only 27% of those admitted to the academy.

The latest figures come as CPD struggles to boost its overall staffing, facing higher-than-usual attrition rates this year.

“We usually have a attrition rate of around 5% to 6%. We’re currently enjoying an 8% attrition rate,” Brown said when asked about hiring at an unrelated press conference on Jan. 21, adding that the increase was “high relative to submissions.” personnel level”.

Brown continued: “We had a sense of urgency to hire those vacancies. “We have a dedicated recruiting team to fill our vacancies. They’re recruiting every day, they go to military bases, to job fairs, to community colleges. We are doing more in-person tests, we are making our online tests available to everyone for the first time, available daily and that’s how serious we are about hiring. to fill their vacancies. ”

As for figures so far this year, Brown said last week that the department received applications from 750 individuals in January.

In a statement Friday, the CPD said it “continues to ramp up recruitment efforts as law enforcement nationwide notices an increase in the number of retirees,” noting that it has created a Dedicated units “work to hire applicants to reflect the diversity of this city. ”

https://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/who-took-the-chicago-police-exam-last-year-heres-the-breakdown/2741609/ Who Taken the Chicago Police Exam Last Year? Here’s the Incident – NBC Chicago

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