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Police 1 featured Dyson Professor Darrin Porcher's op-ed "Why agencies should take advantage of Guardian's National Applicant Information Center"

04/20/2021

Police 1 featured Dyson Professor Darrin Porcher's op-ed "Why agencies should take advantage of Guardian's National Applicant Information Center"

An op-ed written by Dr. Darrin Porcher. Dr. Darrin Porcher retired from the New York City Police Department as a lieutenant after 20 years of service. He is a criminal justice expert witness and consultant. He earned his doctoral degree from Fordham University, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from St. Joseph's College and a Masters of Public Administration from Marist College. He also served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve. Dr. Porcher also teaches criminal justice at Pace University and frequently appears on national television as an expert contributor to criminal justice discussions on Fox, CourtTV and other media outlets.

Imagine you're a background investigator and you're reviewing the personal history questionnaire (PHQ) of a new applicant. Little do you know, this same applicant submitted their information to an agency right next door a month ago. And, they were not eligible for hire due to disqualifying information contained in their PHQ. 

Now imagine that the applicant removed the disqualifying information prior to submitting their PHQ to you. How would you know? 

In most instances, you wouldn't, but it doesn't have to be this way anymore.

Protecting the integrity of law enforcement

Historically, in most instances, the only way background investigators knew that an applicant had applied at another agency was if the applicant disclosed it to them. Although such disclosure is required by many agencies, it's dependent on the honor and integrity of the applicant to disclose it. If an applicant is willing to falsify information on their PHQ to get hired, then are they really likely to be honest about whether they've applied elsewhere?  

It has been this way for decades, and it is part of the reason that bad apples find their way into law enforcement, despite the diligence of the best investigators in the profession. Living with the risk that one of these applicants will eventually do something that harms the community they serve reflects poorly on the profession and is unacceptable. 

Read the full Police 1 article.