Phoenix suburb looks to recruit new police officers

Feb 6, 2017, 5:02 AM | Updated: 11:12 am
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PHOENIX — The city of Mesa announced that they’re accepting applications to hire new police officers.

Through Feb. 19, prospective recruits can apply to join Mesa’s police department which, according to the city’s website, protects a 132-square-mile area. Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona.

Mesa Police Commander Ed Wessing emphasized the importance of completing the application in its entirety.

“We actually look at your entire life,” he said. “It’s absolutely critical that they disclose everything that they’re asked, and that they’re completely truthful.”

After an initial review of the applicant, Wessing said applicants must pass a physical test. Mesa Police Department’s recruiting website states that recruits must complete 29 push-ups in a minute, 31 sit-ups in a minute and run 1.5 miles in 15 minutes and 20 seconds.

Wessing said the next academy class will begin in late spring, possibly July.

Mesa’s website also states that the police department currently sits at 1,211 total employees, 782 of which are sworn officers. On average, they train 60 recruits per year.

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Phoenix suburb looks to recruit new police officers