The Logansport Police Department is continuing to bring the force up to full staff with the recent hiring of two officers.
Daniel Fagan, 29, Walton, and Andrew Strong, 28, from the Indianapolis area, were sworn in by Mayor Ted Franklin Wednesday and will start their new jobs April 1. Their employment puts the LPD at 38 officers, two short of the 40 needed to be fully staffed.
Strong served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2004 to 2012. He said he wanted to be a police officer since he was a kid.
“I always played cops and robbers and I was always the cop,” Strong said.
Fagan graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in 2005 with an associate’s degree in visual communications, but, like Strong, he said he wanted a career in law enforcement since he was young. He previously worked on reserve for the LPD.
“Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to do it,” Fagan said.
Logansport Police Chief Mike Clark said he was pleased with the new hires.
“I’m very happy to have both of them added to the department,” Clark said. “I think they’ll be good officers.”
Including Fagan and Strong, Clark said six finalists emerged from the 42 applicants in the most recent recruitment process that began last fall, with three currently awaiting their polygraph tests.
The hiring process before that brought in three new hires out of about 30 applicants. Along with polygraph tests, applicants undergo a physical agility test, written exam, extensive background investigation and interview process.
“Once they’ve completed all those, we evaluate and list our top candidates in order and we try to select numerically from the most we feel qualified for the position,” Clark said. “We’ll lose a few along the way... You would think the numbers would be higher but that’s what they are.”
Clark added the LPD provides application information on its website, Facebook page and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy’s website. He said the department is also in the midst of another hiring process and will be accepting applications through Friday. He said 12 have applied so far.
“We’re at 38 right now and hopefully we’ll get a couple more hired,” he said.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or email@example.com.