As a recipient of Department of Justice (DOJ) funding, we are required to submit an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP) to the DOJ.
An EEO Plan is a comprehensive document that analyzes the relevant labor market data and employment practices to identify possible barriers to the participation of women and minorities in all levels of the City of Weslaco Police Department workforce. Its purpose is to ensure the opportunity for full and equal participation of men and women in the workplace, regardless of race, color, or national origin.
Policy Statement: The City of Weslaco will take appropriate neutral steps to maximize the employment opportunities of individuals in historically disadvantaged groups whose representation in the City workforce is less than could reasonably be expected given their availability in the area labor force.
Narrative of Interpretation:
In reviewing the Utilization Analysis Chart, the Administration Office for the City of Weslaco Police Department (WPD) made the following observations:
Sworn-Patrol Officers are significantly under-represented by -42%
Objectives and Steps:
- Identify any barriers in recruitment that might deter Hispanic females from applying for entry-level Police officer positions.
- The Weslaco Police Department will meet with current female officers to find out how they learned about the opportunity to become a WPD officer and will also look at creating promotional material geared toward female applicants in an effort to attract more Hispanic females to the Sworn Patrol Officers category.
- Re-evaluate entry-level physical agility testing for females. Research best practices and applicable law regarding a modification to entry-level physical fitness testing for females.
The Weslaco Police Department will post the EEOP on the WPD email to be delivered to all staff, sworn and civilian.
The Weslaco Police Department will post this report on information bulletin boards accessible to the employees and staff.
The Weslaco Police Department will hand-deliver a copy of the EEOP to all administrators, supervisors, sworn employees, and non-sworn employees.
The Human Resources Department will post a copy of EEOP on bulletin boards accessible to staff and let them know a hard copy is available on request.
The Human Resources Department will post a copy of EEOP on the City's website.
EEO UTILIZATION REPORT
Department ADA Responsibilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in both employment (Title I) and in the provision of government services (Title II).
Departments must provide reasonable accommodation to individuals to ensure equal access to their programs and facilities, and
Departments must ensure that their communication with individuals with disabilities is as effective as their communication with others.
Providing the most effective accommodation should involve a discussion with the individual requesting the accommodation regarding the type of accommodation that would best serve their needs.
Job Accommodation Network is a free service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and facilitates the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing information on job accommodations.
They can also assist with identifying solutions to accessibility issues for a wide range of impairments.
Phone: (800) 526-7234
TDD: (877) 781-9403
U.S. Department of Justice
Department of Justice interprets and enforces the ADA, and has additional resources available.
The Department of Justice interprets and enforces the ADA, and has additional resources available.
Texas Health and Human Services Department
Texas Health and Human Services Best Practice Guidelines: Disability Etiquette
Quality Monitoring Program http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/qmp/evidence-based-best-practices/generalbp/disability-etiquet
255 S. Kansas Ave.
Weslaco, Texas 78596