The City of Marco Island is conducting a wide-ranging testing and evaluation process of candidates for the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD), as they prepare an eligibility list for hiring new officers.
That procedure involves a detailed application, which begins a multi-stage process to choose potential new officers. Based upon their responses to the written application, successful applicants will then be invited to participate in an agility test which helps to define whether that applicant possesses the necessary skill sets and physical capabilities to carry out the duties of the job.
One of those steps involves a “self-rescue certification.” Captain David Baer explained that because the community we live in is surrounded by water it may require another level of physical and psychological capabilities to extract an officer from the potential of drowning, should an officer find himself submersed in a canal or waterway during the course of his duties. This evaluation requires an applicant to be fully clothed and carry the weight of his equipment and extract himself from that type of situation safely.
Successful applicants would proceed to a subjective panel interview. Those with positive results will then be given a conditional offer of employment and will be given a series of polygraph and psychological evaluations, along with a deep background check. In addition to those items he or she will receive an extensive physical evaluation.
Assuming a candidate passes all these hurdles successfully, he or she would then be placed in a pool of eligible candidates for the department to hire from.
Even Community Service Officers proceed through a similar vetting process, but the panel interview is more directed to the duties associated with their employment.