NYPD seeks to boost follow-through for police exam
The New York Police Department has launched an effort to encourage more people who apply to take the police officer exam to actually take the test. The New York Times reports that since the department decided to waive the $35 application fee and allow people to register online, only about a quarter of those who sign up actually take the exam. When the application fee was required, about half of those who registered took the test. The fee was reinstated in June, but the number of applicants dropped sharply so it was again waived for the people who have signed up to take the February 2004 test. The city is now requiring applicants to reserve a seat for the test and mailed cards with reservation instructions to the applicants on December 22.