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Tupelo Police Department Seeking Qualified Candidates

Posted by Allie Martin | August 24, 2012 / 03:36pm | Local News
TUPELO, MISS. (WCBI) - This job fair required some classroom time for routine paperwork, then applicants took the physical efficency battery, or P E B test.

The test consists of four parts,  pushups, a trunk flex, an agility run and a mile and a half run.

It's all part of an effort by the police department with one main goal.

"To find the highest quality person we can get," said Capt. Mark Miller of the Tupelo Police Dept.

Candidates for the Tupelo Police Department must be at least 21,  have two years of college, or law enforcement experience with another agency, or service in a related field in the military.

Applicants we spoke with say they're looking for  a career with opportunities to grow and serve others.

"Ever since I went to college I was always wanting to get in law enforcement and I just, wanted to fulfill what I've been wanting to do for many years," said Eric LaMontagne.

"I'm looking for a different career, I'm working at the Walmart distribution center and want to help out other people and help me get better for myself," said Andrew Marshall.

This is the first time the Tupelo Police Department has held a job fair.  In the past, they have taken applications, and kept those on file until they had openings.  Organizers are pleased with the turnout and they point out that this is a first step in what can be a lengthy process for those called to protect and to serve.

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