Recruiting Second-Career Officers
Byrne, Edward C., Law & Order
When NASCAR driver Dick Trickle finally hit the Winston Cup circuit, he was considered a rookie. But he was a 47-year old rookie, the oldest rookie on the left-turnonly circuit. The Appleton, Wisconsin Police Department isn't going that far in recruiting rookie officers, but the department is actively recruiting new officers from other professions and the program is working well.
"What's the most important skill a contemporary police officer can have?" Appleton police chief Richard Myers asked. "It's not how well he can shoot a gun, how well he can write a report or write a ticket, or how well he can drive a squad car.
"Those are valid qualifications, but the most …
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Publication information: Article title: Recruiting Second-Career Officers. Contributors: Byrne, Edward C. - Author. Magazine title: Law & Order. Volume: 46. Issue: 10 Publication date: October 1998. Page number: 183+. © Hendon Publishing Company Jan 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.