The Pasco police want to recruit new officers from their community during the 2016 Public Safety Career Fair today.
People wanting to be a police officer, firefighter, 911 dispatcher or corrections officer have a chance to test for hiring eligibility during the event.
The mandated tests are usually held in places like Seattle, but Public Safety Testing is conducting the exams during the fair at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Pasco. Registration is at 10 a.m. A second test for approved candidates is Saturday at Ochoa Middle School.
“This is a first in Pasco and it’s a pretty big deal for us,” said Pasco police Sgt. Scott Warren. “We want to see people from here.”
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The tests are held a few times a year in different places. Warren recalled one officer drove to Boise to take the tests.
Emergency services agencies from throughout the Tri-Cities are manning booths to talk to people interested in public safety careers.
People passing the tests can be hired if a position is open.
In Pasco, the police would like to see candidates from Pasco because they know the city, the geography and are familiar with the town.
“Being able to draw from our own community is very beneficial,” said Warren.
Public safety agencies receive applications from people outside of the Tri-Cities. Warren said he hopes to see more local people apply since the fair is in Pasco.
To register and take the test, people must be 21, a citizen, have a valid driver’s license and no criminal record.