LIMA - From a human relations point of view, the city is pleased with the turnout for a civil service test given on Saturday for entry level police officers.
Unofficial numbers show 113 of the 133 applicants showed for the test, Human Resources Director Vince Ozier said Tuesday. Of those, 16 appeared to be minorities and 16 were women, Ozier said.
The numbers are based on a headcount and observations by a person at the test, Ozier said, so they are not official. Test takers also can fill out a voluntary disclosure form, on which they are able to include their race. That data is not yet compiled, Ozier said.
"In the time that I've been here, it's the most minorities we've ever had take the police test and the most women," Ozier said. "I think you can contribute that to the public service announcements we did, the economy, a number of things. But relative to past tests, this is successful."
The city and safety services have faced criticism for a lack of work force diversity. The city administration and police promoted the test and tutorial session through news releases and television public service announcements, added the test announcement to an online job search Web site and police jobs Web site.
After several years of being under a hiring freeze in which no city department could fill vacancies created when employees retired, quit or were promoted, police now can. The department has hired about 10 new officers in recent months to replace retiring officers. Those new officers were hired from the previous civil service eligibility list.