I applied for Mesa Police Department in March 2002. I have completed and passed at this point the written test, oral and background interviews. My next step was to take the physical agility test. Appoximately a little over a week, after the background interview, I went to take my physical agility test. I passed the test with a good score. I took the test at 7:00am that morning.
Later on that day I received a letter from Mesa Police Dept stating that I was disqualified from the process because they have people who better fit the dept needs.
If anyone was to look at my file they would state that I have more qualifications and experience than most people for the position.
I contacted the hiring process for Mesa PD to verify if this was a mistake. The person I spoke to stated they didnt know why I was disqualified and I needed to speak with a detective who handles my last name catagory.
So, I spoke with a detective and he could not find any comments or reason why I was disqualified. I asked if he could check my file to give some type of reason. He stated, as the general disqualification letter stated, it is Mesa policy not to give specific reasons for diqualifications. I told him that I was not asking for specific reasons, I am just asking for the area I was disqualified in. He said he couldnt give any information on that due to the fact he didnt know why, and he wasnt going to check.
Then he proceeded to tell me the reason why they dont give out specific reasons is because a person then will know their area of weakness, then go out and try to improve in that area of weakness and will try to get hired on to another police department. That does not make sense! Why wouldnt someone want to let someone know thier area of weakness so they may improve and better their career in a positive way.
I have come to the conclusion that Mesa Police Department does not support personal improvment or maybe the fact that I am not mormon has disqualified me from the hiring process. Its funny though, the people I spoke to, who were still in the hiring process (who are not more qualified than I am), are all mormon.