Police looking for 'fence sitters' in officer recruitment drive

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The Warwick Police Department is looking for nurses, teachers and those who have maybe thought of becoming a police officer but never imagined they would be suited for the job.

Deputy Chief Mark Ullucci refers to them as “fence sitters,” and in announcing the department’s recruitment drive Wednesday he urged them to apply now through Jan. 31 at policeapp.com.

Ullucci said the role of police officers have changed dramatically, “it’s not the same.” He said the department is looking for recruits with a diversity of skills that can interact with the community.

“We’re trying to get everyone out,” he said.

Ullucci’s appeal fit well with Mayor Joseph Solomon’s view of the department, which he said is the best between New York and Maine. He said potential candidates shouldn’t bother applying if they are looking to be a number because that’s not Warwick.

He said members of the Warwick force “are not just a number; they’re a member of a family.”

There’s no knowing how many will apply, but the department is hopeful of generating a list of about 100 candidates from which to fill openings over the next two years.

The department is budgeted for a full complement of 175 officers. Currently it has 169 active members.

Over the two-year period that the department uses its list of recruits, Ullucci estimated 15 to 20 are hired.

The department is seeking qualified applicants who demonstrate good judgment, an even temperament, respect and appreciate diversity, show creativity and problem-solving skills, think on their feet, handle pressure, and show leadership skills.

Recruitment efforts will include local and regional web-based and print media outlets, to include multicultural publications. Additionally, community outreach efforts intended to attract a wider applicant pool will embrace the use of public and private internet job boards and social networks.

Qualified applicants must be between 21 and 35 years old and a United States citizen with a minimum of 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, or proof of five years of military reserve service, or three years of active duty.

Additionally, those with two years prior law enforcement or corrections experience who do not have the requisite college credits are also eligible and encouraged to apply.

Applicants must also hold a valid driver’s license, be of good moral character and successfully complete a selection process that includes a physical agility test, written exam, oral interview and a thorough background investigation.

For more information regarding the recruitment and selection process, call the Warwick Police Department at 468-4323 or 889-5579, visit warwickpd.org or apply at policeapp.com.

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