By Danielle Craig
MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police have seven open officer positions; that could mean longer response times. That’s why the department is in the middle of one of its hiring processes.
So far, it’s whittled 180 applicants down to the final dozen. The process is so extensive, with written tests, group exercises and the really tough part for the 15 or so applicants that move on: the background check.
After that, there are physical agility tests, as well as medical and psychological evaluations. The 7 to 8 left go to the academy and go through training. From the time a prospective officer sends in an application, to the time he or she becomes an officer – a year has passed.
Medford Police says the long and extensive process to become an officer can make it hard to keep a full staff. The department is trying to compensate, looking for recruits outside of the area and going through the hiring process 3 to 4 times a year, rather than just once a year. It’s also recruiting outside of the area and keeping a back-up list of qualified individuals.
The department is not accepting applications right now. However, you can sign up to be notified when the next hiring process begins.