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Tue, Sept. 17

Short-handed KPD looking for recruits

Qualified applicants will get a chance Friday to see whether they have what it takes to be a police officer.

The Kingman Police Department is looking for applicants to fill three openings, Cpl.

Tracie Homer said.

A written examination Friday will test applicants for memory, vocabulary and map-reading, Homer said.

If they pass the written test, applicants will then take a physical ability test.

Women, even those who are slight of build, are encouraged to apply.

Applicants have to pass several physical tests including an obstacle course, climbing over a chain link fence, a timed sprint and a 165-pound dummy pull.

Applicants will then go before a board of police officers for an oral interview.

If applicants pass all the tests, they will be required to take a physical, a polygraph test and a psychological exam.

The applicants would be sent to a 16-week police academy.

After completing academy instruction, they would ride along with a training officer for another eight weeks or longer.

Academy instruction is five days a week for the four months, and trainees can go home on the weekends, Homer said.

Starting pay for a Kingman police officer before entering the academy is $29,457.

After graduation, the pay goes up to $30,193, plus a shift pay.

After a successful probation period, the salary increases to $30,948.

Uniforms, firearms and other equipment are paid for by the police department.

An officer is also permanently assigned a patrol car to take home, Homer said.

There is no maximum age requirement.

In fact, police department is interested in older applicants, especially those with military or federal backgrounds.

Code Enforcement Officer Carl Allen went through the academy several years ago at age 50.

Another officer, Dennis Gilbert, also joined the force at a late age.

The department also encourages women and minorities to apply.

With a growing Hispanic population in Arizona, being able to speak Spanish is a plus, Homer said.

To be a police officer, an applicant must have a high school diploma or a GED and must be at least 21 years old at the time of graduation from the academy.

The applicant cannot have been convicted of a felony.

Openings within the department could include positions as a patrol officer, detective investigator, school resource officer, motorcycle officer, bomb squad technician or bicycle officers.

Applications can be picked up at the police department, located at 2730 E.

Andy Devine Ave.

Interested recruits can also speak to a police officer to get an idea what the job entails.

For more information, call the department at 753-2191.

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