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I am not sure what kind of responses I will get from this but I thought I would give it a try.

I recently attended the Victoria College Police Academy and of course after graduation I applied with the Victoria Police Dept. When I applied I got selected to take the entrance exam which consisted of a typing, grammar and spelling test which I then of course passed. Shortly after I passed the test I received an email from the department stating that I the next step was another written test. The email also stated that if I passed the other written test I would go on to the next step in the hiring process.

I responded to the email the correct way which was stated in the email and the day before the written test I get a phone call from the Training and Hiring Officer. When I received the phone call he stated that I was not able to take the written test due to my credit not meeting the city's standards. I then told him ok and that I understood.

What I do not understand is the fact that when I pulled up my credit report all that was negative on there was some past medical bills which I am not able to pay due to the job that I have now does not pay very much and all that I make goes to my current bills (rent, car payment, car insurance etc.). While I am kind of brewing over the fact that I was denied due to my current credit situation I have watched the news and observed several things that has happened in the city of Victoria (shooting, thefts, robberies, etc.).

I have also heard from several other individuals, law enforcement officers included, that the Police Department is approximately 15-20 officers short due to several officers leaving and going to a different Police agency which pays more money. In my opinion the crime rate in Victoria has risen due to the Police Department being short on officers and also not being able to have the correct amount of officers to patrol the streets and the communities.

What is everyone's opinion on this? Should the Police Department consider a person's credit in the hiring process of hiring Police Officers?