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Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib seeking uniformity for department’s hiring schedule

April 18, 2011

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As the Lawrence Police Department seeks to hire new officers, department leaders say the timing of the application process is important.

Police Chief Tarik Khatib, who was promoted to his position in February, would like the department’s recruiting process and training academy to start each spring, to expand the pool of applicants because many college graduates are looking for jobs then.

“Ideally we’d like to make it an annual event that starts closer to the time of graduation so that people can have an understanding that we do hire at that time,” said Capt. Paul Fellers, of the community services division.

Department leaders also hope an annual recruiting process and academy can help curb the effects of attrition.

Training officer David Hogue said the department loses, on average, eight to nine officers a year, mostly to retirements. This causes staffing shortages on the streets because new hires participate in a 24-week training academy and also spend time paired with experienced officers in the field before working on their own.

Hogue said the department is seeking men and women who have interest in law enforcement, especially recent college graduates — not just ones with criminal justice degrees — or people who might be seeking a career change.

“We’re looking for people with all backgrounds,” Hogue said. “Traditionally, I think people have seen police work as a calling, and I definitely believe that’s true. If you’ve had interactions with people and the public, then that is huge.”

Earlier this year, Khatib went for one quick fix and hired six officers who had worked with other Kansas departments and put them through an abbreviated six-week training academy. However, he has said his preference is to take the full academy route because it offers a larger pool of applicants.

Experienced officers from other cities can still apply this round, but many of the department’s officers got their start in Lawrence.

“A lot of people have started here and have stayed here their entire career and have done a lot for the organization and the entire community,” Sgt. Bill Cory said.

Cory, who leads the training unit, said the number of new hires this time will depend on how many qualified applicants there are and what city leaders allot to the department.

The starting wage listed in the application at police.lawrenceks.org is $19.75 an hour. Hogue said the application deadline is June 10 and those with questions can call him at 785-830-7412.

Comments

smitty 4 years ago

....Department leaders also hope an annual recruiting process and academy can help curb the effects of attrition.

Training officer David Hogue said the department loses, on average, eight to nine officers a year, mostly to retirements.....

...Experienced officers from other cities can still apply this round, but many of the department’s officers got their start in Lawrence.....

SOOO, which is it, attrition or retirement? Someone forgot to send the memo to training officer David Hogue.

For years anon officers have exploded with angry insulting forum comments when it was pointed out that the attrition was with the officers freshly trained in Olin's 500 hour in house academy was the main reason for the attrition rate. As pointed out Khatib immediately changed hiring procedures and is now continuing with the change from 22 years of Olin's regime.

Reads like there is no way that an expensively trained ex-LPD officer would even consider a rehire with Lawrence even though Khatib is now chief. LPD certainly has a reputation amongst LE that has experience with our police department.

Khatib has more than the public of Lawrence to convince the LPD is attempting to be reputable force, if they indeed are.

been_there 4 years ago

"For years anon officers have exploded with angry insulting forum comments when it was pointed out that the attrition was with the officers freshly trained in Olin's 500 hour in house academy was the main reason for the attrition rate."

In your own words--Link Please

Blessed4x 4 years ago

"SOOO, which is it, attrition or retirement? Someone forgot to send the memo to training officer David Hogue. " -Smitty

at·tri·tion    /əˈtrɪʃən/ Show Spelled[uh-trish-uhn] Show IPA –noun 3. a gradual reduction in work force without firing of personnel, as when workers resign or retire and are not replaced.

Reading isn't your strong suit is it, Smitty?

gl0ck0wn3r 4 years ago

"For years anon officers have exploded with angry insulting forum comments when it was pointed out that the attrition was with the officers freshly trained in Olin's 500 hour in house academy was the main reason for the attrition rate..."

Evidence?

Kontum1972 4 years ago

hmmmm..how does Jack Lord feel about this?

Book'em Danno!

gl0ck0wn3r 4 years ago

Smitty, did you apply for the police chief position? Just curious. No doubt your expertise in the field would be quite useful, so I'm sure you applied.

verity 4 years ago

The Lawrence police have always treated me well. But then, I haven't had a whole lot to do with them---

One did stop and help me last night.

Majestic42 4 years ago

That's the key, isn't it? If you don't break the law, the police have little to be angry with you about.

Majestic42 4 years ago

Still curious as to what smitty's odd fascination is with these stories.

somebodynew 4 years ago

Majestic42 - you answered your own question with two words that you used together - - "....smitty's odd...". I think that sums it up.

skinny 4 years ago

It's those low flying black helicopters!!

equalaccessprivacy 4 years ago

Even the LPD carries the inbred cousins mentality that Douglas and Lawrence are famous for. One problem with this is the conflict-of-interest structure of power and authority this leads to. A lot of people in this town aren't exactly the brightest crayons in the box either. In fact, they are frightening ignorant and incompetent.The combination of an authoritarian attitude and stupidity and lack of awareness can be pretty toxic.

A Citizens Review Board is needed , and KU cops should post their complaint procedures and keep statistics on biased policing as required by law.

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