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Lancaster County needs people to apply to be police officers

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Lancaster County is in need of people to apply to be officers in the county. Over the last two years about 200 fewer people have been applying to take the tests required to be an officer, according to Chief John Bowman from the East Lampeter Township Police Department. Chief Bowman is involved in the application process. He and District Attorney Craig Stedman feel current events maybe deterring people from applying. Recently officers were shot at in Lancaster and two teens allegedly shot at police in Columbia.

“It takes a special person to do police work. Somebody that is dedicated to helping the public and has an interest in dealing with the public. Police can wear many hats. An officer has to do a lot of things on a daily basis. Lots of times it’s the variety of what you deal with on a daily basis that makes you want to come work the next day,” said Bowman.

Bowman has been on the force for 27 years and says the job gives people a chance to really make a difference. The deadline to apply for the required tests is August 12. To apply visit here.