Cover: Public Order Studies in New York City

Public Order Studies in New York City

Published 1969

by Sorrel Wildhorn

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A presentation on RAND New York City research at an ORSA session, this paper describes RAND police studies, the minority recruitment study in particular. The findings: Disproportionately fewer nonwhites apply to become New York policemen, and more drop out at each stage of the process. Minority youths, unlike their white counterparts, are most attracted to police work by its service aspects. Starting salary was underestimated by 11 percent. They were not aware that some requirements can be obtained after passing the examination. Sending a questionnaire drew more response from nonwhites. Recommendations: (1) NYCPD should have a separate recruiting budget, with a civilian nonwhite as director, (2) publicity should emphasize the appeals and supply the information indicated by the findings, (3) NYCPD should encourage efforts of nonwhite police organizations in minority communities, and (4) an information system should be set up to trace each applicant from first contact to appointment or rejection.

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