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File #: 19-7828   
Type: Miscellaneous Item
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 11/7/2019
Posting Language: Ordinance approving a professional service contract with Ruiz Protective Services, Inc. to provide the San Antonio Police Department, Aviation and Park Police Pre-employment Polygraph Examination Services for a three year term beginning November 15, 2019, and ending November 14, 2022, with two one-year renewal options in an estimated annual amount not to exceed $70,462.10, available in the City's FY 2020 General Fund Budget. [María Villagómez, Deputy City Manager; William P. McManus, Chief of Police]
Attachments: 1. SAPD - Pre-Employment Polygraph Contract - Signed, 2. Ordinance 2019-11-07-0921
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DEPARTMENT HEAD: William P. McManus, Chief of Police


SUBJECT: Pre-Employment Polygraph Examination Services


An ordinance approving a contract with Ruiz Protective Services, Inc., (Ruiz) to provide primary and/or secondary pre-employment polygraph examination services to the San Antonio Police Department, Park Police, and Aviation Police for entry-level uniform applicant screening. Funding for this service, not to exceed $70,462.10 annually for the initial term of the contract, will be provided through the FY 2020 General Fund. Funding for future years is subject to council appropriation.


In November 2018, the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) began using an external third party to provide secondary pre-employment polygraph services. During this time, Park and Airport Police were utilizing an outside third party to do primary pre-employment polygraph examination services for new hires. In June 2019, SAPD moved forward with an inclusive RFP for pre-employment polygraph examination services, to include Park and Aviation Police.

The pre-employment polygraph examinations of applicants for entry-level uniform positions will cover general information about the candidate, including but not limited to: employment history, prior police history, military services, criminal activity, illegal drugs, employment theft, financial, gambling, Internet use, drinking habits, and incidence of domestic violence. The pre-employment polygraph examination is a complete directed lie screening test (DLST) which will include 1) an extensive pre-test interview; 2) an in-test examination; 3) an oral evaluation; and 4) a written evaluation.

On July 15, 2019, the RFP closed and two responses were received. The evaluation committee comprised of representatives from the San Antonio Police Department, Aviation and Parks and Recreation Police opted to bring both firms in for interviews. Prior...

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