McKinney police sift through hundreds of applicants to find handful of officers

Department Goes to Extreme Lenghts to Hire

MCKINNEY, Texas — Sgt. Sherwood Holmes has been with the McKinney Police Department for more than 20 years. He knows what it takes to be an officer.

"You can pass the tests but there is a certain quality we're looking for too. Not everyone is cut out to police," Holmes said.

Right now McKinney police are accepting applications from men and women interested in joining the force. Holmes says of the 300 or so the department will receive, there may be five candidates who make the final cut.

"The background check will cut the number in half if not more, then there are other tests," Holmes said.

Following a highly publicized video of an McKinney officer's altercation with a black teen girl, Holmes says it's more important than ever to court diverse candidates for the force.

"We aren't changing the way we recruit. Having people who represent the community has always been a priority," Holmes said.

In addition to a background check, applicants must pass a psychological exam, a fitness test and a polygraph. McKinney also interviews potential officers' families and friends to see if loved ones are ready for the commitment of law enforcement as well.

"If you're not happy at home and on the same page then you aren't happy at work," Holmes said.

While he has 12 positions to fill Holmes says he's looking for quality over quantity. Preferring to wait for the right fit instead of filling a spot with a man or woman who isn't ready to serve North Texas.

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