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TPD recruiting deadline Thursday

Recruiter fields calls from around country about openings

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The Tucson Police Department is looking for a few good men and women to bolster its ranks.

The department has been in the process of recruiting future officers since Feb. 3 for their July and October academies. Applications are being accepted through Thursday, said TPD spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke in a press release.

TPD is looking for people with strong ethics, integrity, leadership skills and courange, Hawke said.

Officer Liz Skeenes, TPD's recruiter, said in an interview that the department has seen a strong response since the application process began on Feb. 3.

"It's been overwhelming. We've had just a ton of calls and emails," she said. "I have been getting people from all over the nation."

Potential recruits must be a U.S. citizen who is 21 and older with a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver's license and a good driving record, have no felony convictions or a history of drug use.

Applications are available online at www.jointucsonpd.org. The application is for the City of Tucson and applicants must also complete a prescreening questionaire for TPD, Skeenes said.

The next step in the process is a telephone interview with a background investigator. Those who are approved will then receive an invitation to take the department's written exam on March 16, Skeenes said.

If the applicant passes the written exam, the next step will be a physical exam on March 18 and recruits will then find out if they will move on to the oral-interviewing process that will happen March 21-22, Skeenes said.

Recruits are then rated and placed on a list to undergo a background check, she said.

Those who make it through to the end of the process will begin the 17-week academy either on July 16 or Oct. 1.

Some of the training that recruits can expect at the academy are firearms instruction, driving, defensive tactics, criminal investigation and evidence collecting, Skeenes said.

"It's very intensive. You have to be on your A-game for those weeks," she said.

For more information, visit TPD's recruiting page or call Skeenes at 791-COPS.

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