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Dubuque Police search for potential officers

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The City of Dubuque is currently in a hiring freeze for all city positions. The exceptions to the hiring freeze are police officers and firefighters, as well as positions in any department that's self-funding, such as the parking and water departments.

The Dubuque Police Department held its annual entrance exam Saturday. The entrance exam helps the department develop a list of potential police officers for the city.

This year, 200 candidates were registered to take the physical and written exam at Clarke University.

Mark Dalsing is Dubuque's Police Chief. He said the physical exam includes doing as many push-ups and sit-ups the candidate can in a minute and running a mile in a half.

"It's scheduled according to their age. So there are different cut offs based on their age or gender," Dalsing said Saturday. "It can be very trying for people who haven't been preparing for it."

The first part of the exam is the physical portion. Dalsing said if candidates are not up to par physically, they will be cut and not able to take the written portion of the exam. Once completed the written portion of the exam will be sent to a company to be graded.

Dalsing said those who are able to advance in the process will than go through a series of interviews before the hiring process.

"The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy does not operate during the summer so we have between now and the September academies to cut our list down and find those good candidates." Dalsing said.

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