Warwick Police test new webinar, raise age limit to help fill vacant spots

By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

@Alana_Cerrone

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) –  Right from their conference room, Warwick Police are actually speaking to 100 potential recruits and answering their questions via webinar.

The department’s looking to fill about a dozen vacant spots, but their requirements are rigid, and they want specific characteristics in an officer.

"Professional, demonstrating good judgment, respect and appreciate diversity, and demonstrating exceptional problem solving skills,” explained Colonel Stephen McCartney.

The webinar’s a brand new venture for Warwick Police and for PoliceApp, the company running it. It’s supposed to make the process easier and more convenient for departments and applicants.

In recent years, less and less people have applied for the job that’s inherently dangerous, and according to Colonel McCartney, increasingly challenging. "Being asked to police in a democratic society means you’re going to be subject to constant scrutiny."

Warwick is casting a wider net – testing out a change to their age limit by raising it from 35 to 36, hoping they can reach more qualified applicants.

But on the other end of the spectrum, they also have to appeal to the needs of younger potential officers -as young as 21- who can apply.

In the past 4 weeks, Warwick Police have received about 100 applications. The recruitment drive lasts until August 19. For more information on the application process, click here

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