Bowling Green Police Officer recalls recruitment journey

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Being a police officer is not an easy job, you hear that all the time.
But some say, if you want to see change, you have to be the change.

So do you have what it takes to become a police officer?

Officer John Deeb spoke with 13 News about his journey becoming a part of BGPD.

"I was lucky enough to know from a young age that this is what I wanted to do. I was born and raised here in Bowling Green, this is the community that I live in that I love and I thought what better way to give back than to serve as a police officer because that's something I've also always wanted to do."

"The Bowling Green Police Department is where I wanted to work so I applied and was lucky enough to get in on my first time." --Officer John Deeb.

Deeb spoke on the process of becoming an officer starting with, "first you get the hiring process, it's approximately six months long, and if you're lucky enough to get chosen you have a pre-academy training, then you go to the Department of Criminal Justice Training which is in Richmond, Kentucky. Once you finish that you come back to the department, you graduate. We have two weeks of post academy training, we begin our 15 week PTO program, that consists of four phases. You get to see a different perspective, you work different areas of town so kinda get to experience it all to make you the best police officer that you can be. Once you finish your 15 weeks of your PTO program you're on probation for a year."

So what are the requirements to become a police officer?
Among the requirements, you must have a GED or high school diploma, you must be 21 years old and must pass a physical exam, among others.

Public Information Officer Ronnie Ward says, "we're always looking for officers who are self-motivated and who are driven, who really care about their community."

Being a police officer can consume a lot of your time, "I feel it's very important to have friends outside of the police world. Well, I work with some great people in this department and I have a lot of friends here but I feel like policing can consume you. And so I feel it is important to step outside of the job and have friends away from police work," says Deeb.

Officer Deeb sends a message to those who may be seeking a career in law enforcement.

"Think ahead, think of the future before you do anything, think about what you're wanting to do long term plan, you need to think about if this decision I'm about to make will affect my career path either in a positive or negative way."

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Bowling Green Police Officer, click here.

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