Police hopefuls from across the four states come to head to South Joplin Middle School for training. The test days occur when the department says they're looking to hire.
According to Sergeant Ryan West, J.P.D. could potentially hire around five new officers from this batch of recruits. Potentials go through a physical and written test, putting them in real life situations.
"It's just tasks that have been identified as things that a police officer would have to do in a normal course of duty, there are simulations for jumping over different types of fences, running up and down stairs, simulations for rescuing an incapacitated person, and things like that" says Sergeant West.
"You know I thought I'd be shaking and nervous, but you know just try and relax and run through it and I think for the most part I was able to do that" says candidate Issac Costley.
West says the process takes about 60 days to complete.