Years as a volunteer for the clearwater police

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years as a volunteer for the Clearwater Police Department and is currently doing an internship with the sheriff ’s office. He is scheduled to interview soon for a sponsorship program that would pay his academy tuition and expenses and make him a salaried employee during the academy.
59 | AGENCY COLLABORATION IN POLICE OFFICER RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION Agency Collaboration in Police Officer Recruitment and Selection Current police candidates from Pinellas County were also interviewed. The following are summaries of several interviews. Interview 1: He is 34, almost 35. He joined the Army in 1991 and was honorably discharged in 1995. After working for Xerox Corporation for a number of years, he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in policing. He spent 3 years preparing: getting in shape physically and paying down a student loan. During that 3-year period, he worked as a handyman from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a salary equal to what he was earning at Xerox, and he worked out later in the afternoon. His wife works and he has taken out a $15,000 loan. Originally from Illinois, he has lived in Florida since he was 14. He knows the area and is interested in remaining in the area. He wants to join the sheriff ’s office, which does not sponsor police candidates. He was pleased with the PASS process and believes he was hirable by a police agency before committing to this course of action, based on the screening process. Interview 2: He is 24 and wants to join the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which has its own police service. Originally from North Carolina, he planned to be a police officer since age 3. He has lived on his own since age 19, loves Florida, and wants to remain in the state. As he was growing up, he engaged in commercial fishing with his grandfather off the North Carolina coast. He observed that people on the water do what they want and could not care less about the rules. Interview 3: A single mother of a 12-year-old, she is 31. She is a nursing school graduate but was not ready to be a nurse. Instead, she spent 5 years as an air conditioner technician. She also earned an associate’s degree in crime scene technology. Her father is a former Marine and works in corrections in Massachusetts. She likes the team aspect of policing. Before applying for a local police position, she secured a corrections position in her father’s former place of employment, but her son did not want to move to Massachusetts. She has lived in Pinellas County since she was very young and is interesting in staying in the county. The St. Petersburg Police Department asked her on the first day of academy if she were interested in joining that department. To attend the academy, she and her son moved back in with her parents. Brevard County’s Police Testing Center The Brevard County Police Testing Center is modeled after Pinellas County’s Police Applicant Screening Service. The Brevard testing center started in 1987 with a staff of two. As is the case with PASS, the

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