A new Rome Police Department civil service test is scheduled for September, and the top brass said they are looking to fill possibly five to eight patrolman positions in the new year.
The application deadline for the civil service test is Aug. 2. The test will be held on Sept. 14.
“A big part of being a police officer is taking pride in what you do for a living and caring about your community,” said Police Chief Kevin C. Beach.
“This department, I think, is more involved in the community than any department around.”
Starting salary for new police officers in 2019 is $45,393. Beach said he expects to need to fill between five and eight positions in the new year, by the time new police academies start up next spring.
Beach said the test was moved from November to September last year, and he said that may have thrown some applicants off. He said having more time to consider candidates helps the recruitment process.
Following the civil service test, Beach said all successful candidates are invited to take the physical agility test, a grueling activity that cuts even more candidates. He warned that anyone thinking of taking the civil service test should already be preparing for the physical agility test, that it’s not just something one can take without preparation.
“We are looking for people that are already physically prepared,” Beach said. “We’ll give them the knowledge and the skills.”
Once the physical agility test has whittled down the list of candidates, Beach said there is an extensive background check, a psychological test and more before candidates are directly interviewed by city officials. Last year, Beach said they had 93 applicants after the civil service test, but ended up conducting only nine interviews.
The civil service test is open to more than just city residents. A $25 fee is required when submitting your application to take the civil service test.
More information on the test and the department can be found at the website www.romepd.com.