Bad Credit Keeping People Off Greenville Police Force?

From Private Officer News Network so take a grain of salt with this:

GREENVILLE, S.C. Aug 11 2010

Credit background checks are an important part of the police recruiting process at law enforcement agencies across the country. But Greenville Police Chief Terri Wilfong said finding recruits with good credit has become more difficult in recent years.

“A lot of people think, ‘Oh, you have (recruiting) problems because of drugs.’ No, it’s because of finances,” Wilfong told News 4′s Tim Waller.

The Greenville Police Department is currently trying to fill 12 police officer vacancies. But officials said an increasing number of applicants are unable to pass the credit background check.

“A lot of these young kids, young adults, they get these credit cards, and they don’t pay them on time, or they forget, or whatever the case may be, and they get into financial difficulty, and we cannot hire an individual whose financial status is bad,” Wilfong said.

Wilfong said credit histories are important in police-hiring because they reflect an applicant’s ability to manage not only themselves, but also those they are sworn to protect. She said substandard credit histories, coupled with the fact that fewer young people are pursuing law enforcement careers, has made the recruiting process more difficult.

“I mean, you have to give up a lot of family time. You have to work weekends. You have to work holidays. We have special events, and it’s tough,” she said.

Of course the real reason police aren’t hiring people with bad credit histories is because they tend to be desperate for money which does not a cop make. A lot of employers are looking at credit scores for this reason, if someone handles valuables you need to ensure that there is no issue in their background that would make them more susceptible that usual to temptation.

Cops collect evidence, personal belongings and deal with people easy to victimize, like dealers and hookers. Greenville has a large “activist” population always ready to pounce on the police to promote political agendas so they can’t afford to hire someone so burdened with debt that shaking down dealers becomes their only option to keep afloat.

If you want a job ij this economy you need to pay your bills on time.


6 Responses to “Bad Credit Keeping People Off Greenville Police Force?”

  1. spyder on August 14th, 2010 7:32 pm

    bad credit is ok after you’re hired. that way its ok to get payola to look the other way when crimes are committed by public officials and the affluent wanting to avoid scandal.

  2. Rob Taylor on August 14th, 2010 9:05 pm

    Oh. A biker and a commie. Nice.

  3. spyder on August 14th, 2010 10:45 pm

    i just watch the drunks staggering from the liberty tap room only to pull out in front of sober drivers and see news clips of someone driving their european car through someone’s house while the boys in blue turn away to roust someone getting off work with a burnt out tail light. dont forget the tazing death. you dont hear many kids saying “they want to be a policeman when they grow up”, like they did when I was young. But then again they weren’t a goose stepping para military organization then. look at the past headlines such as “speeding cop kill motorist” or ” policeman suspended for using excessive force” etc… cops are crooked, dishonest, and usually worse than the criminal element we are under the illusion they are protecting us from.

  4. Rob Taylor on August 14th, 2010 11:04 pm

    Yes, yes cops are worse than rapists, murderers and child molesters. Che was right.

  5. spyder on August 14th, 2010 11:11 pm

    youre fun rob but no challenge for a member of MENSA.
    hope they arent on the list too….

  6. Rob Taylor on August 14th, 2010 11:26 pm

    Does MENSA allow alcoholic criminals in now?

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