[IPAC-List] Police civilian background standards

Tan, James A. jatan at stcloudstate.edu
Sat Feb 23 14:05:54 EST 2013

Hi Keith,

While not directly about hiring in police departments, a recent article in the local paper covered complaints filed with the EEOC regarding Target's use of background checks. Link: http://www.startribune.com/business/192087561.html.

Hope you find that useful.


James A. Tan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Management
St. Cloud State University
Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Ph: (320) 308-1605
Web: http://web.stcloudstate.edu/jatan

From: ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org [mailto:ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org] On Behalf Of keith.poole at phoenix.gov
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013 5:47 PM
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Subject: [IPAC-List] Police civilian background standards

We are working with the Police Department in reviewing their background standards for hiring civilian employees. Historically they have used a very structured list of items with specific, hard-fast fail criteria (e.g., smoke pot X times prior to age Y, you're Ok, but if you did X+1, you're no good). It seems to apply to all civilian positions regardless of job duties. We're trying to help on several levels, so any advice or examples you might have in these areas are appreciated:

- If you have a Police dept, we'd like to know how you handle civilian background (same /similar as sworn? Is it fairly rigid like above or more advisory? Does it vary by position or universal standard?)
- Has anyone worked with a Police dept to develop job-related civilian background standards (or any public sector agency even if not police)?
- Any studies, articles, or legal cases would help (we are aware of the 9th circuit case regarding drug testing for library clerks)


Keith Poole
Human Resources Supervisor
City of Phoenix HR Department
135 N 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 262-7140
Fax: (602) 495-5498
Email: keith.poole at phoenix.gov<mailto:keith.poole at phoenix.gov>
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