CROWN POINT | Physical agility testing will get under way for potential Police Department hires after 127 people applied, Chief Pete Land said.
Agility testing is set to take place April 13 at Crown Point High School, Land said.
The applications were received after the department announced in January it was building a new hiring list in anticipation of a possible retirement from the force.
Military veterans were being sought to be included on the list.
Applicants who pass a physical agility test will be given a written exam recently adopted by the department.
The Stanard and Associates exam tests cognitive abilities, and applicants wouldn't have to be in law enforcement to score well, officials said previously.
The department's four most recent hires — three in 2011 and one in 2012 — were chosen from a previous list that expired.
The four hires brought the department's ranks to an all-time high of 41.
Potential retirements in the Fire Rescue Department also prompted officials late last month to rebuild a depleted hiring list for full-time firefighters.
About 24 applications to be on the list have been submitted, Fire Chief Greg DeLor said.
A Certified Firefighter written test is set to be administered Saturday.
The new hiring list would be good for two years. Up to five full-time firefighter positions were anticipated during the hiring cycle, DeLor said.
A previous list expired when the two final applicants were hired by other fire departments.