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Police recruits prepare to protect you


By Kensey Henderson - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Saturday marked a special day for the Lubbock Police Department as new recruits started the long process of becoming police officers.  A written and physical exam brought recruits out in the hundreds as they started the long journey of becoming the Class of 2010 Bravo.

"It's a long process that we have to go through, and each step kind of begins to dwindle down the number of applicants that are actually eligible to start the academy," Academy Sergeant Paul Nichols said. 

One of the future police officers, Robert Moran, came with determination along with devotion for his family. 

"It's all about supporting my Fiancé and my daughter, giving them the kind of life that I would like to live," Moran said.

The first step of the long process of becoming a Lubbock Police Officer is signing up to take the written part of the exam.  For Moran he passed his written exam and was off to the next part. 

"Physical testing, running, sit-ups, push-ups, jumping, yeah I've been preparing for the last three months or so getting ready physically, and studying as well so I can pass all the required test," Moran said.

Each student then goes through a very extensive back ground check.  

"From there they will go to a board interview with some Lieutenants, Captains, and some Assistant Chiefs.  If they can pass a board interview from there they take a medical physical from a doctor, a drug test, psychological test, a polygraph, and then they have an interview with the actual Chief of Police," Nichols explained.

The process doesn't end there; after a student completes these steps they will be ready to start the Academy in July with plans to graduate by December. 

"I think if you are meant to succeed you are meant to excel," Moran said.

You can look for Class 2010 Bravo to be protecting your streets by this time next year.  If becoming a police officer is interesting to you, sign-ups for Class 2011 Alpha will start in April.

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