TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Nerves were running high as men and women waited to test their physical abilities in hopes to become an entry level police officer.
"It's nerve raking and exciting, but I'm looking forward to it," said participant, Andrew Emory.
Although the loss of two Topeka policemen in December raised awareness of the everyday risks officer's take, attendance was not affected.
"The tragedy may have swayed people to show up," said Detective Krisit Powell.
Out of the 93 participants who came and completed the written exam, 55 passed and had the chance to move forward. People aged from 21-40 traveled from all over in hopes to serve the community. Kylie traveled from Kansas City and came prepared.
"I have a military background so I just made sure I was prepared," said participant, Kylie Hickok.
Participants tested their agility through obstacles ranging from running 440 yards to carrying a heavy weighted bag, and triggering a fake handgun.
After passing the physical exam, they must complete an interview, background check and polygraph test. The process can take 6 months to a year before they get accepted into the police academy. Officers have high hopes they will have plenty of ideal candidates for the job.
"We have many spots open and we will hire for years to come," said Detective Kristi Powell.
An officer told 13 news that 30 positions are now available and they plan to fill those spots by July of this year.