The Human Resources Division of the Police Department serves the agency in a broad variety of functions. Organizationally, our role is to enhance organizational performance through three functional levels. They are Administrative—dealing with the processing work necessary to maintain formal documentation and compliance; Operational—providing the formal operating methods and processes to accomplish recruiting, hiring, promotions, etc; and Strategic—consisting of policy development, forecasting, organizational development, internal communication, management effectiveness, and evaluation.
The TPD Human Resources Division’s primary focus is in HR planning and analysis, recruiting and staffing, and health and safety issues. In addition we focus on coordinating outside resources and any HR need that is exclusive to the Police Department. To date the division has been relegated to almost exclusively administrative and operational functions. However, the agency is gradually moving toward using the division in more of a full-service HR capacity, and adopting more of a strategic role.
The division consists of the following units:
- Police Personnel
This office holds a permanent staff of seven. This office performs or coordinates the agency’s safety/workman’s compensation programs/policies, all recruiting efforts, all internal selection processes, the non-sworn hiring process, HR records management, and all forms of employee placement and tracking (EEO, staffing, assignments, etc.) Additionally, Police Personnel liaison with PSPRS, TSRS, City Human Resources, Risk Management, AZ POST, City Attorney’s Office, the Civil Service Commission, and the TPOA.
- Behavioral Sciences (BSU)
With a permanent staff of three, the unit oversees eight different support services that serve as a resource for the entire agency. In addition to providing CISD and employee assistance services, the BSU advises the agency’s senior staff and management team on policy issues and trends within the department.
- Background Investigation
With a permanent staff of five and 14 non-perm, part-time background investigators this unit coordinates all sworn hiring process, and conducts background investigations on all police personnel, both sworn and non-sworn.
Using a staff of five, the payroll unit tracks and enters department-wide daily rosters, overtime, and time card exceptions, tracks secondary language compensation, processes performance evaluations, new employees, and all separations.
This unit manages the department’s recruiting efforts both in and out of state.
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