By BRETT DUNLAP
PARKERSBURG - Those interested in becoming Parkersburg police officers can take the applicant test July 26 at the Parkersburg City Building.
The department is looking to fill four vacancies, said Police Chief Joe Martin.
''We are looking to attract good qualified people,'' he said.
Applications are being taken until 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. People can download the form, fill it out and submit it to the department or City Clerk's office. People have to be a minimum age of 18 to apply, according to state law.
''Any individual who desires to become a Parkersburg police officer is encouraged to apply,'' Martin said.
Applicants are required to register at 8:30 a.m. the day of the written exam on the second floor of the municipal building. Applicants will be required to provide a form of picture identification at that time.
Martin said they usually receive 80-100 applications.
''We have around 60-75 people show up (for the test),'' Martin said.
Applicants who pass the written test will be advanced onto the physical agility phase. The agility test will be given Aug. 2 at 9 a.m. at PHS Stadium Field.
Those who pass the agility requirements will be advanced onto the background phase of the hiring process and then on to the medical evaluation stage.
Martin said the department is looking to fill police academy slots for October.
Once a person is selected and hired, he or she will receive 16 weeks of training at the state police academy. Once that is complete, the person will return for 13 weeks of training within the department.
The test is also open to police officers looking at the department.
Any individual who can pass the department background investigation that is certified as a police officer in West Virginia will receive a $2,500 bonus upon completion of a probationary period, officials said.
Any candidate who would have questions regarding this process should call the chief's office at 304-424-8412.