One in-house support function that is crucial to department operations is Human Resources. Human Resources is tasked with the management of all employment issues within the agency to include both sworn and professional staff recruitment, selection, hiring, promotion, and retirements. Additionally, Human Resources oversees the Employee Assistance Program as well as the Chaplaincy Program. In FY2016, Human Resources processed 159 new hires, 77 retirements, and 240 promotions/reassignments.
In FY2016, Human Resources continued to improve its Employee Assistance Program. For example, the Peer Support/Critical Incident Stress Management team doubled in size to 50 members during the fiscal year. This team of specially trained employees provides a wide variety of support, including counseling, to other employees who are involved in critical incidents. Critical incidents resulting in death and/or serious injury are inherent to law enforcement work, and it is imperative that immediate support is offered to those involved in such occurrences which are often traumatic in nature.
With more employees now serving on the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, there is decreased travel time and easier access to supportive team members when critical incidents occur.
Also during FY2016, Human Resources conducted 15 Employee Assistance Program presentations statewide to department workgroups. The presentations provide information to employees about the valuable resources that are available through the Employee Assistance Program.