Region 8 residents are being put to the test

By Rebecca Lane - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department is looking for a few good men and women.

Saturday morning, roughly 60 hopeful candidates headed out to Joe Mack Campbell Park to participate in the JPD officer testing.  This testing is part of the hiring process that includes physical testing, written testing, polygraph, drug screen, medical and psychological examinations and an intensive background check.  This testing happens twice a year---once in fall and once in spring.

Sergeant Stephen McDaniel of the JPD says this process ensures that the department gets the right officers to serve the citizens of Jonesboro.

"We're looking for people who are energetic," Sgt. McDaniel explains, "those who have the ability to do the job."

Twenty-two year old Heather Godair believes she is ready and capable of fulfilling an officer's duties.  Currently, Godair works as a security guard at the Mall at Turtle Creek, but turned out for the testing to further her career in Criminology.

"I decided to take the police test and move a step up," she explains, adding that her goal is to keep people safe and get criminals, drug dealers, and drunk drivers off the streets.

"I've had family that's been in wrecks because of drunk drivers," she explains, "someone needs to stop them and there needs to be more police out there."

Candidates were ready to go at 8 am on the chilly Saturday morning.  To fulfill the physical portion of the testing they had to complete a series of fitness feats.  To pass, they had to complete 22 sit-ups in one minute, 12 push-ups in one minute, complete a three-hundred meter run in 71 seconds or less, sit and reach 13' or greater, complete a 1.5 mile run in 18 minutes or less, and do a trigger pull for each hand.

Once candidates completed these, the written portion followed.

Godair claims she was a little nervous about the mile-run, but the hardest part of the day was simply getting "psyched up" about it.  She, however, is determined to succeed.

"I think it will be a great opportunity to get in there and show my community I can do something and my family that I can be a good role model."

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