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April 14, 2011

Baltimore police seek recruiting help

Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner announced this morning the Hometown Heroes Project, an effort to recruit community members to find people who want to be police officers. It's a renewed attempt to attract more city residents to the 3,000-member force.

"It's a way for someone to give back to their community while making Baltimore a safer place," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told reporters at a news conference this morning. Residents who sign up will be trained in the recruiting process and procedures.

Last year, despite budget shortfalls exceeding $120 million, the mayor promised to hire up to 400 new police officers. The department had been losing officers to attrition at a faster pace than hiring.

Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said that he began his career as a cadet when he was 19 years old. He said part of the program is also to attract cadets who could become future police officers.

Bealefeld started as a cadet in May 1981 on the midnight shift -- he attended community college during the day -- on what was called the "hot desk." His job was handle warrants. He also compared fingerprints of newly arrested suspects to prints on file. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said he used a magnifying glass "It's now what could be considered CSI-like, minus the technology," the spokesman said.

At the news conference, Bealefeld said: "We need to fill 300 positions over the next several months," Bealefeld said. "I've worked my way through the ranks. None of that I think would have been possible without the grounding, experience and start I got here when I was 19 years old." He said that being an officer "is not about car chases. ... What you do every day is help people to be safe, and help people across the city make their lives better. You can't get that experience through a recruitment poster. You really have to live that. ... What we really need are people who are dedicated to service."

Anyone interested in the program is urged to call the Baltimore Police Department recruitment section at 410-396-2340 or visit the department's web site.

Posted by Peter Hermann at 10:02 AM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Breaking news, City Hall, Confronting crime, Top brass
        

Comments

Well, since the leaders of this state and city seem to not distinguish between illegal aliens and legal residents, how about recruit those illegal aliens here for school?

The solution is obvious. All the solid looking fellows hanging in front of liquor stores on Broadway just north of Fells Point. They want to work. Many will now be able to earn criminal justice degrees at our state colleges. They can relate to our "immigrant" community. And they won't be deported in the middle of training or while they are on a shift because our metro President, Governor and Assembly know that illegal immigrant means immigrant means Wonderful. And who is against Wonderful! And no more expense of prosecuting drunk drivers who have no licenses and can't speak English! Our New American Cops will share a Modelo or five or six with them and send them on their way with a hearty slap on the, well, somewhere.

remember stepanie to do background
checks and make sure they know how
to speak english

All they need to do is figure out how to pass the drug test.

What does this say about people's perception of the job? Unemployment is still running at 8% or 9%, and yet the city can't find qualified applicants for what normally would be considered an attractive, well paying job.

I can't think of any other way to say it, so I'll just say it. Who in their right mind would want to be a cop in this city?

Why is it that our city fathers/Muthas would lock up legal residents for minor infractions and reward illegals for major infractions (sneaking into another country to live, Thrive, kill or survive) and if we were to sneak into any other country we would hunted down like dogs, do time and then get deported? How in the hell can you say Marylanders are broke and you use our tax money to feed and house illegals and not your own. Yall SUCK!!!!!!!!

How about local veterans of all the wars we are in? They are citizens, they know how to use guns, they are familiar with life-and-death situations, they aren't afraid of violence, they respect hierarchy.

My advice to any aspirant is to try applying elsewhere. This city does not care about it's officers and will continue to lose good candidates until their is a significant change.

There isn't enough tea in China to get a reasonable individual to take a job with the Balto City Police Dept. No pay, dangerous work, a Union that abandons you, politicians burying you at every turn, and a State's Attorney licking his chops to make an example of you.
No wonder there are so many openings; the good employees are leaving in droves. Retiring, transferring to other jurisdictions, or getting out of policing all together.
If Commissioner Bealefeld was smart (and I think he is), he should be doing the same; before they run him off.

Lets just hope they stick to the plan. I have completed my process with this department and I am waiting to hear as to whether or not I was accepted into the academy. I feel like I am well qualified for this position. I have completed my Master's degree in Criminology and have worked as an investigator for 5 years. Unfortunately, law enforcement agencies across the state of Maryland do not look at qualifications but rather hire based on quotas. I am hoping this agency actually considers people with good qualifications.

One issue that bothers me about the process with this department is the fact that they don’t even have an interview process. They basically just don’t want criminals in their agency and hire you based on your background check. I wish I had the opportunity to actually sell myself to these officials. They also need to find new recruitment personal if they plan on hiring qualified individuals. It has been countless times where I had to initiate my application process to further the process. They seem very unorganized in this department. I still hope I get the job and maybe one day I can provide better service to the police recruits.

Eighty % of the applicants will flunk the drug test. Twelve % will flunk the polygraph. That leaves eight % of the candidates left. Three % won't make it through the academy.

The five percent who graduate will see how they are paid and treated by the press, the public and the department and find another job! Sad situation huh ???

Being a police officer is not an easy job. From the rigid training and difficult exam to the day where you started to implement the things that you learned from school.
Police officer is committed to serve the community with integrity and honesty to enhance the feeling of safety and security in the state..

I am currently waiting to here from Baltimore police Department for my interview n to finish the rest of the hiring process.how do I contact to get info on what's going on?

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.



Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.
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