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Local police union seeks to make officer recruitment easier for city

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A local police union is trying to make it easier to recruit new officers with a little guidance and hands-on teaching.

Clarence Hines served 21 years with the St. Louis Police Department.

"This is a job who are born to do, created to do and called to do. So, it's just not going to be for everybody," said Hines.

This week, Hines will start getting people 19 years and older ready for the police academy.

"When everybody else is running out of the place, we are running into the place. So, that takes a special and unique calling," added Hines.

The routine, designed by the Ethical Society of Police, works with police hopefuls twice a week for 10 weeks.

"It prepares and sharpens them for the application process, and should they meet the other criteria, it prepares them significantly for the rigors of the academy itself,' added Hines.

Participants will also learn constitutional law, diversity, work mock crime scenes and do mock interrogations.

"I wish it would stir the hearts of minorities in this community," added Hines.

...and the minds of naysayers.

"This is an opportunity to get involved and be a part of something special. This is a way to get involved and make a difference," added Hines.

The 10-week course begins on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continues Tuesday and Thursday evenings through May 3.

Classes will be held at the Urban League, 3701 Grandel Square in St. Louis. Class size is limited. To register, call (314) 478-8140.

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