- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) - A recruiting trip to Puerto Rico by a police department in northern Illinois has resulted in only three qualified applicants.

The Elgin Police Department announced in September it was expanding recruitment to Puerto Rico and 13 states outside of Illinois, in part to seek out more Spanish-speaking officers.

But the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1CBQSXc ) that out of the 143 candidates from Puerto Rico who took the police entrance test, only three made the department’s hiring list of 37 names. The other 34 came from a pool of nearly 200 candidates who took the test in Illinois, plus two out of state.

The department spent about $5,200 on the September recruiting trip.

City Council member John Prigge criticized the trip and said there are plenty of local candidates.

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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com

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