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Training to be a Police Officer Starts Long Before the Academy

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The Sparks Police Department is hiring new officers. Over 40 applicants are vying for just four positions, but training to be an officer doesn't start at the academy, rather, long before it.

Josh Curry is a product puller at Western Nevada Supply and a member of their famous "Blue Team." He comes from a family of cops.

“My father was a police sergeant in the Reno Police Department and my mom works in the gang unit," he told us. This apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

“Watching my dad, seeing what he does and seeing the man he's become, I knew that is what I wanted to be.”

Curry is trying for the fifth time to be an officer in Northern Nevada. It's the written portion of the process where many struggle. 

“I get nervous because I put so much pressure on myself to get to that next level that I make mistakes.”

But this is not unusual. Seasoned officers remember their own journey.

“I tested several places years and years ago,” said Sparks Police Officer, Ken Gallop. “I didn't get hired on the first place I went to. I didn't do well on the written test.”

It's an incredibly competitive and grueling process to become a police officer, but who says Curry isn't becoming one already.

“Perseverance is what it's all about,” Officer Gallop told us.

Whether it's pulling stuff off of shelves. “Working at Western has helped me with mostly my communication skills, working with customers,” explained Curry.

To working with the “blue team” he has always wanted.

“It takes dedication and they want to see the dedication day in and day out so that they know when they hire you that they will get that every day from you, with every patrol that you are on and every person that you help."

Curry took the written test last Saturday with 42 others and it wasn't just them. The Sparks Police Department considers past applicants when picking people for their bi-yearly academies. They will know the results in the next few weeks. 

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