More African-Americans apply to become cops, but few make it to finish line

In a Feb. 2, 2018 story for the Chicago Reporter, the Data Reporting Lab analyzed 5 years of police recruiting data to explain why, despite a successful push in 2016 to attract more black applicants to the police force, the Chicago Police Department has hired relatively few African-Americans.

The DRL showed that of more than 8,000 black applicants, nearly 30 percent didn’t show up for the written entrance exam, the first step in the recruitment process, while 17 percent failed the test, according to data analyzed by the Reporter. Many applicants who passed the test later dropped out of the process, which includes an extensive background check and physical, psychological and drug tests.