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EPD Puts 40 Police Candidates To The Test

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40 candidates, all competing for a spot on Erie's police force, were put to the test Saturday morning. In sweltering heat, these candidates took the Erie Police Department's agility test comprised of a sit up test, a 300 meter dash, a mile and a half run, and bench press test.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Only candidates with the highest written test scores, were eligible to take the agility exam. They have to measure up to male and female standards based on age. The hopefuls range in age from 21 to 45.

"You might look at that as were letting older people on the job that aren't as physically fit," said Lt. Jon Nolan. "They might have had 20 years in the military, and we want those people on the job because they have been through certain situations that we see on the streets."

As for why these candidates want to join the force, they say they want to make their community a better place to live.

"I know this is cliche, but I want to help people," said police candidate Loreli D'Angelo. "Everybody has a bad attitude about the police, and I would just like to change one person's mind per day."

Only a handful failed the agility test. For those who did pass, the test is good for two years.


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