COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Columbus Police Department opened up its facility to the public on Saturday to offer potential applicants the opportunity to experience police work before applying for the job.
The event happened from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Columbus Police Department on Main Street.
Participants toured the facility, visited the firing range, and learned more about the components of becoming an officer.
The process to become an officer is mentally and physically strenuous. Each applicant could practice testing their mental and physical skills. The entire application process takes months to complete.
Police Chief Fred Shelton said taking advantage of this opportunity sets up applicants for success in the training process.
"When our candidates actually go to the police academy, they have an idea of what police work is already about and they tend to come out better."
Anyone interested in becoming an officer can call the Columbus Police Department for more information.