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Sheriff's Applicants Put Their Skills to the Test

The department has spent the last 90 days taking applications, and those who passed a background check were asked to the agility test. Applicants are put through five different tests, and there are no second chances. If you don't pass them all, you don't move on.
Over 100 applicants put their skills to the test Sunday afternoon, to see if they could qualify to become a Vigo County Sheriff's deputy.
   
The agility testing put these recruits through five physical tests, and NBC 2's Morgan Moore was there to see if she too could keep up.

It was make or break time for these 160 Vigo County Sheriff deputy applicants.

"I have been wanting to be a police officer since I was a kid. It was just a dream of mine and I enjoyed being part of law-enforcement and I have a protector's heart," said applicant Cameron Quinn.

The department has spent the last 90 days taking applications, and those who passed a background check were asked to the agility test.

"We go ahead with the screening process and do a physical fitness test. We establish early on whether or not they will be a want to pass that portion of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy," said Chief Deputy Clark Cottom.

Applicants are put through five different tests, and there are no second chances.
   
If you don't pass them all, you don't move on.

"Our entrance standards here in Vigo County are the same exit standards at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. We want to make sure that not only can a person get into the Academy, but they can get through the end of the Academy too," said Cottom.

From push-ups, to sit ups, and seeing how high you can jump, these tests are anything but easy....trust me.

Because at the end of the day, officials say they don't take this decision lightly, and neither do these recruits.

"It's in the best interest of the department and the best interest for the taxpayer to have good quality deputy sheriffs out there. We want to do our very best to hire the best of the best," said Cottom.

Quinn added: "We are just all excited to take the chance to be part of the sheriff's department."

Official say they hope to have the four open positions filled by those who did in May.
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