APD Annual Reports - 2018 Annual Report - Page 16

Recruiting Requirements to become an officer U.S. Citizen Bachelor’s Degree No felony or Class A misdemeanor convictions More minimum qualifications found at arlingtonpd.org Diversity – Racial and Gender Protected Class Class 54 – 50% February 26, 2018 Class 55 – 58% July 16, 2018 Class 56 – 56% January 28, 2019 16 | 2018 Annual Report Recruiting exceptional applicants that reflect the diversity of the community is a top priority of the Arlington Police Department. The Personnel and Recruiting Unit seeks officer candidates from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Recruiters utilize a variety of methods to enrich the candidate pool including attending career fairs, recruiting in college classrooms, taking walk-ins at PD Headquarters, receiving job interest contacts through the department’s website, and social media. In 2018, the unit staffed two academy classes consisting of 53 recruit officers. Academy Class 54 started in February and Class 55 began in July. The unit consists of seven personnel including full-time officers who recruit and assist with the hiring process in addition to part-time personnel who assist with background investigations. Typically, once an application is received, it can take up to six months to complete the hiring process.