In an effort to assist those preparing for a career in law enforcement and ensure that Northwest Indiana police departments are better reflective of the communities that they serve, Indiana University Northwest’s Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, the Griffith Police Department and Crossroads YMCA will be offering a one-day training workshop for potential police officer candidates.
The Prepare to Serve and Protect workshop is set for 8 AM to 1:00PM Saturday, August 28th, at the Griffith YMCA, 1345 N Broad Street, Griffith. The workshop will provide those planning to apply for law enforcement positions with tips and techniques for advancing in the hiring process.
The partnership and workshop is an effort to address social needs within the community as well as assist area police departments bridge the gap in recruitment efforts. In a recent survey conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, it was found that 78% of agencies reported having difficulty in recruiting qualified candidates. Furthermore, 65% of agencies reported having too few candidates applying to be law enforcement candidates.
“Successfully completing the law enforcement testing and selection process is extremely challenging for most and it is something rarely achieved in the applicant’s first attempt,” said Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance. “This workshop provides candidates the tools they need to improve their odds of getting hired and getting hired much sooner than those who don’t take advantage of this unique and extremely beneficial opportunity.”
Topics covered will include content of the written exam and test-taking strategies. Interview preparation tips will be offered, followed by mock group interviews. Candidates will practice for the physical agility portion and learn how to improve performance. The workshop will not focus on a specific department’s hiring process, but offer general guidelines that will help potential candidates to succeed. Presenters will include IUN faculty, area law enforcement officials from several agencies, and Crossroads YMCA fitness professionals.
The workshop is open to all, but female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to participate. Candidates must register at online tinyurl.com/PSPworkshop2021. YMCA membership is not required.
Registration costs $15 and closes on Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021.