Dutchess civil service exam for officers free in September


Of 354 full-time law enforcement officers in Dutchess County as of October, eight were Black and 16 were Hispanic.

An analysis of statistics from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services showed Dutchess as being among the worst counties in the state when it came to the diversity of its law enforcement employees matching the diversity of its population.

A shortage of candidates who meet requirements to be hired has long been a reason cited by municipal leaders when faced with the disparity in their ranks. The county, though, is making changes in hopes of changing that.

Dutchess will not charge a fee for applicants to take the civil service exam for police officer and deputy sheriff roles on Sept. 18.

County Executive Marc Molinaro said waiving the fee, which is usually $25, is part of the county’s ongoing commitment to expanding the applicant pool in order to create a more diverse workforce.

Dutchess County Sheriff's Office deputies stand in the parking lot of the sheriff's office on May 16, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day.

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Previously, as part of its police reform plan, the county announced it would provide a free course to help applicants prepare for both the written exam and the physical agility test component of the civil service exam, to increase the number of candidates who successfully complete the recruitment process.


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