Rookie officers wanted


CHAMPAIGN — They pledge to serve and protect, but before police officers can keep people in their cities safe, they need to get the job. Now’s your chance since the city is hiring rookie officers.

They accept applications from experienced officers who want to join this department throughout the year, but the applications are open for entry-level officers until Friday, February 10.

And that’s just the first step for potential new officers. The process includes an orientation, an exam, a background check and interviews with the board and chief of police, before even beginning at the Police Training Institute.

But Deputy Chief Troy Daniels says, for those who should really be cops, it will be worth it.

“We are looking for people who are the most compassionate, the most empathetic, but we also need people who are brave. People that will chase people that don’t want to be caught. People that will put hands on suspects who don’t want to be arrested. People who will run towards gunfire and not away from it,” he said. “So if you’re looking for a job that’s easy, police officer’s definitely not the one. But if you’re looking for a job that’s challenging and interesting and lets you walk away every day knowing that you made a difference in the community then police officer is a perfect place for you.”

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