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Police and Fire Recruits

At its March 1st meeting, the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of ten new police officers and seven new firefighters.  For the 17 rookies, this culminated a seven-month trek through the City’s extensive recruitment, testing and selection processes.

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Last August, the Human Resources & Risk Management Department began advertising for both police officer and firefighter.  The City typically recruits twice a year for police officer, and about once every 18 months for firefighter.  In order to make sure that the public knows about municipal job opportunities, the City spends over $60,000 a year advertising vacancies, and much of that is spent on public safety hiring.

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This Friday, May 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Fire Administration Building, the City will have a ceremony for the 2016 Fire Recruit Class which will include a pinning of badges and the oath of office.  Afterwards light refreshments will be served.  Our Police Officer recruits will have a similar ceremony when their academy is completed.

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A total of almost 400 applications were received by the advertised deadlines in September.  Applicants were then tested, evaluated and put through a series of activities that narrowed the candidate pool.  This can include testing, fitness testing, personality assessments, polygraphs, psychological evaluations, background investigations, reference checks, interviews, and the medical physical.   Members of the seven-citizen Workforce Recruitment & Outreach Committee attended and observed the police officer interviews in order to provide the City with feedback about the hiring process.

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In addition to the extensive recruitment, City employment opportunities are posted on the City’s website at www.bgky.org/hr/jobs.  Potential applicants register to receive automatic emails when certain job openings are posted, including police officer, firefighter, and dispatcher. Applications are completed on-line.  The City of Bowling Green is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.

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