CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Police Department says it’s looking to hire some new officers.
This past weekend the CCPD says 26 people attended its practice physical assessment as part of the hiring process.
“Being a police officer is one of the most physically and mentally demanding professions,” CCPD senior officer Imelda Rjasko said.
The department is looking to hire 40 people who have endurance, body strength, agility, and the mental strength to become a police officer, she said.
To complete the practice physical assessment, aspiring officers much complete a bench press requirement. Women must press 50% of their body weight and for men, its 90%. Applicants must also complete a timed half-mile run and also pass the Illinois physical agility test.
“And what that (test) is measures the applicants' ability to get from a prone position from the ground and sprint while changing directions,” Rjasko said.
The department is starting the process now, consisting of six to eight months of hard work and assessments. The department is accepting applications for its 80th police academy because the city is growing and it want to start the hiring process now.
“We have officers that will be retiring in the beginning of the year," Rjasko said. "So we are currently looking for officers to fill in those gaps already because it is a process in hiring an individual."
The department said its next physical assessment is tentatively scheduled for December 5. For more information on the assessment, visit their website here.