Rockville, Md. -- Montgomery County (Md.) Government Office of Human Resources took its Web-based recruiting to the next level Tuesday by providing a new online application to potential law enforcement candidates. Police Officers assisted applicants using laptops at a Diversity Career Fair in Vienna, Va.
"Hiring for law enforcement is highly competitive, and we need candidates with a strong desire to carry on the commitment our communities expect," says Joseph Adler, Director, Montgomery County Government Office of Human Resources. "Automating and simplifying the application process demonstrates our commitment to providing our staff with the most efficient tools."
Montgomery County Police Department is one of two Washington, D.C., metropolitan area police departments that provide an online application. Previously, police applicants sent a hand-typed or hand-written application. The Web-based police application was developed by recruitment management provider Peopleclick, Inc.
The Department receives nearly 2,000 applications - and hires between 60 and 70 officers - each year. Because most police applicants have a college degree or are completing their degrees and are comfortable with the Internet, Montgomery County expects the number and quality of candidates applying to increase.
"The integration of the police application with Montgomery County's overall, Web-based recruitment management system will increase the department's efficiency," says Stephen A. Sasser, Peopleclick's President and CEO. "In addition, the online police application will help Montgomery County attract the most qualified and competent candidates and reach beyond their regional borders."
In 2003, the Center for Digital Government named Montgomery County one of the nation's top 10 digital counties (among counties with more than 500,000 people). The Center for Digital Government also reports that among counties with more than 250,000 people, only 50 percent offer online application opportunities for at least 26 percent of available county positions. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, while most counties offer online job applications, only Montgomery and Prince Georges County offer online applications for police.
Montgomery County Office of Human Resources began using Peopleclick's Recruitment Management System in 2003.