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Regional Testing To Help Law Enforcement Agencies & Police Hopefuls

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A new testing program aims to bring fairness and opportunity to candidates, looking to become a police officer in our area.

Much like any job, those looking to get into law enforcement are applying everywhere, in hopes to land that first job.
And now, Mercyhurst University is looking to streamline that process for them.

Joseph Makowski is the director of the regional police testing consortium.

Mercyhurst University is conducting the testing this summer, for police hopefuls looking to land a job in Erie, Crawford, Warren, or Venango counties.

It's mirrored off consolidated police testing programs across the commonwealth.

Basically, police candidates will to have to take just one written and one physical agility test, to be placed on the hiring list for 24 participating police department across the region.
The agencies include departments from from Albion to Warren.

It offers a huge cost savings for for local police departments, and gives them broader pool of candidates to choose from. And it also  streamlines the application process for candidates, "It benefits the candidates because instead of them having to go out to dozens of departments to test, we're bringing all of the departments to them essentially," said Makowski. "And they can take one test, and that list gets distributed to those departments for hire," Makowski added.

Cadets, graduating from the Mercyhurst Municipal Police Academy this week, are hoping it will help them land their first job much easier, "What's nice about the consortium is it's 20 plus different departments all testing at time time, as opposed to having to go to several, and figuring out who's hiring, who's testing, pay the different fees and everything," said Mercyhurst Police Cadet Dan Potts. "And with this, you get one fee, one test, and then there's multiple opportunities for you at tome time," Potts added.

"My first attempt is to get a job, my first attempt to do that is the consortium test," said Mercyhurst Cadet, Sara Gott. "And I think it's going to be great, for not only myself and the other cadets, but anybody who's interested in the criminal justice field," Gott added.

The testing dates are set for later this summer, thee deadline to apply is July 11th. To download an application or learn more, go to mercyhurst.edu/policetesting
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