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Peekskill Police Look to Help Residents Score Jobs

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- City police are looking for Peekskill residents to join their ranks and are holding a series of free preparation seminars for county civil service exams in the coming weeks.

Peekskill Police Lt. Eric Johansen said the seminars are aimed at giving city residents a head start in a career in law enforcement by helping them to get a high score on the competitive exam, which is only held every four years.

"When canvassing the civil service list looking for entry level police officers I was unable to find a lot of representation from the City of Peekskill," Johansen said. "I'm a firm believer that people who grew up in this community know it best, and it became apparent that we either didn't have a lot of interest in law enforcement or we didn't have individuals who were scoring high enough on the exam to be considered."

The seminars will be held on Feb. 15, March 21 and April 18, with more to be scheduled at a later time as the November test date arrives. The seminars will run from 6 to 7 p.m. in the department's training room in the downstairs level of The Field Library.

Several city officers have volunteered to help run the seminars, Johansen said.

"Who better to instruct than people who have themselves done well on the test as evidenced by the fact that they've been hired," Johansen said.

For more information call Johansen at (914) 737-8000 or contact him by email at

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