LCPD looking to fill seven patrol positions - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

LCPD looking to fill seven patrol positions

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The Lake Charles Police Department is looking to fill seven positions in the patrol division. From traffic stops to police pursuits, it's a job for people who like a challenge.

"Every day is a new day ... you never know. You can go to from 0 to 60 in a minute," said Lt. Kevin Kirkum.

Kirkum said they're holding a recruitment drive Saturday at the Lake Charles Civic Center. According to Kirkum, the last time they held a drive, they received more than 100 applications. They hope to have the same turnout this round.

"Lake Charles is growing, and we're about to hit a big boom, and the population is going to increase. We will fill these seven positions, but it would be nice to have a list of people for future positions," Kirkum said.

Qualified candidates must be 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma or equivalent and be able to pass a background check. They'll also undergo a psychological test. 

"We are looking for the time you show up on Saturday, if you qualify and make it... from the time you show up from the time you wear a blue uniform -- hopefully about six weeks," Kirkum said.

Candidates must also pass a physical agility test, consisting of a half-mile run, sit ups and pushups.

Kirkum said a love of the community and a heart to serve is also necessary.

"What you really have to have is compassion for other people and being able to want to help other people. And do the right thing. It might not always be the popular thing, but do the right thing. If you want to be a part of this community and serve your community -- then I can't think of another job you would rather have," Kirkum said.

But before qualified candidates hit the streets, they'll go through nearly a year's worth of hands-on training in the field.

The recruitment drive is Saturday. People are encouraged to report to the Contraband Room at the Lake Charles Civic Center around 7:15 a.m. and be prepared to perform the physical-agility test.

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