Poughkeepsie, NY… Following extensive community outreach by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources, as well as local police agencies, to encourage a diverse applicant pool for the upcoming Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff exam, County Executive Marc Molinaro and Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson have announced nearly 1,400 applications have been submitted to take the upcoming exam, an increase of more than 56% over 2017 when the exam was last offered. The outreach effort was also very successful in encouraging a greater diversity of applicants, with a 105% increase in African American applicants, a 203% increase in Hispanic applicants, an 89% increase in Asian applicants and a 98% increase in female applicants. The police exam is scheduled to be administered on Saturday, September 18th, 2021.
County Executive Molinaro said, “We are thrilled to see the strong interest from so many interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. It is inspiring to see how many want to serve their community in this honorable profession. Over the last several months, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Human Resources and many local police agencies have been working tirelessly to share information, answer questions, and encourage people to consider taking the exam. That work has paid off with an impressive applicant pool that is reflective of our county population.”
Sheriff Anderson said, “Our deputies are proud to protect and serve our community and we are heartened by the number and diversity of people who want to join us in our mission. Special thanks to Lt. Shawn Castano who led our Recruitment Team that worked diligently to develop positive partnership with our communities and increase our outreach efforts. We look forward to the exam administration in September and adding more deputies who represent the community we serve each day.”
The Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff exam is part of the path to becoming a Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff or to serve on a local municipal police force. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), as well as local municipal police departments, in partnership with Dutchess County Human Resources, are committed to a diverse workforce and engaged in a number of initiatives to eliminate barriers and improve recruitment efforts as part of the Dutchess County Police Reform & Modernization Plan. Outreach efforts to encourage diversity of applicants included:
The extensive outreach efforts not only increased the number of applications, but expanded the diversity of the applications received, as reflected in the table below.
2021 2017 % CHANGE
Total Applications Received 1380 881 + 57%
Note: Diversity statistics are voluntarily submitted. Applicant may not have included gender or race/ethnicity information. The breakdown of those who included their gender, race, ethnicity information is as follows:
Female candidates 218 110 + 98%
Male candidates 793 495 + 60%
Caucasian candidates 608 447 + 36%
African American candidates 119 58 +105%
Hispanic candidates 249 82 +203%
Asian candidates 17 9 + 89%
Other 42 19 +121%
The 2021 applications also more closely reflect the County’s overall population diversity as reflected below:
% County Population* % 2021 applicants % 2017 applicants
Female 50.2% 22% 18%
Male 49.8% 78% 82%
Caucasian 77.1% 59% 74%
African American 11.4% 11% 9%
Asian 4.5% 2% 1%
Two or more/Other 3.8% 4% 3%
Hispanic 12.9% 24% 13%
*2019 American Community Survey 1-year estimates.
Josayne Anderson-Tejera, Dutchess County’s Equal Employment Opportunity & Inclusion Officer, was pleased to see the overall increase in applications, as well as the large interest from underrepresented groups including Hispanics and African Americans. “The large number of diverse applicants will help expand the diversity of law enforcement workforces, making them more representative of the community it serves. I am particularly grateful to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Criminal Justice Council committee, for their tenacious commitment to getting the word out about the exam and encouraging as many people as possible to consider a law enforcement career. That hard work and effort is certainly reflected in this diverse applicant pool.”
The exam sign-up period, which began on July 2nd, closed on Wednesday, August 4th. Submitted applications are currently being reviewed to ensure eligibility requirements have been met prior to exam administration on September 18th.
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