WFPD Looking To Recruit New Officers

WFPD Looking To Recruit New Officers
Wichita Falls, TX - Are  you willing to serve? The Wichita Falls Police Department may have a job for you. The force is looking to hire about dozen new officers.

Newschannel 6 talked with Mark Wise, Wichita Falls Training Officer about WFPD's recruiting efforts.

"We're in the middle of the hiring process at this time," said Wise. "Typically, each year we're down enough people to have another academy to replace those that have left."

The force made up of about one-hundred-ninety officers is looking to train up at least a dozen new recruits.

Wise who oversees the new hire training and told us each year the department has to find younger and new recruits because of attrition.

"We'll constantly have people that are eligible to retire, we also have people that will quit or move to another career, and unfortunately there are also people that will be terminated," said Wise.

He said finding qualified candidates to replace those who leave the department is crucial to the department's success. However,  he said the process to join the force is not an easy one.

"We have each applicant fill out what we call a personal history statement and it basically includes almost everything you could imagine about your whole life," said Wise. "We go through all that information and check references with family, friends, associates, co-workers, employers. Just every person we can talk to about the applicant, just to find out exactly what kind of person they are."

Wise said people who are interested in becoming an officer must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 44 years old. They must live within 20 mins of Wichita Falls, have a high school diploma or have at least 20 hours of college credit and not have a class b misdemeanor within the last 10 years.

Each potential candidate will have to take a civil service test, video assessment test, a polygraph test, psychological exam and physical. They will also have to attend a panel interview consisting of officers and supervisors on the force, and finally interview with the chief of police.

He said it takes about four and half months to complete the application process prior to starting the police academy.

"In order for us to hire the right people for this job, we have to go through everything thoroughly and make sure we know everything we can possibly know about that person," said Wise.

The police department will be accepting applications until Friday, January 2 by the end of the business day and testing will begin on Saturday, January 10 at Wichita Falls High School.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6