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Physical Agility tests for WV Natural Resources police officer candidates set Aug. 25-26

Tests in South Charleston are for all positions statewide

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions available statewide.

Full details about the job description and an online job application form can be found at For more information, contact the WVDNR Law Enforcement Section at 304-558-2784 or email [email protected].

All candidates for NRPO positions are required to pass a PAT. Applicants should report to the lobby of the South Charleston Community Center, at 601 Jefferson Street, either on Friday, Aug. 25 at 9 a.m., or Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. Walk-ons will be accepted.

Applicants will also be required to take a written exam administered by the West Virginia Division of Personnel at the West Virginia State Police Academy after the PAT at approximately 1 p.m. on both days. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview Sept. 6, 7 or 8. Times and location will be announced at the PAT.

NRPOs in the WVDNR Law Enforcement Section are responsible for the prompt, orderly and effective enforcement of all laws and rules of the state and have full law enforcement authority statewide. They also protect West Virginia’s natural resources to the degree that they are not endangered by unlawful activities.

To be considered for this position, candidates must be willing to relocate and work in any county in the state; must be willing to work all shifts and be on call; and understand that this is a statewide position, and as such, county assignments may not be guaranteed.

Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with preference given to majors in natural sciences, law enforcement, criminology or criminal justice. Candidates may substitute previous employment as a certified law enforcement officer under certain circumstances.

The PAT consists of three parts: a 37.5-yard swim; an agility test consisting of completing a minimum of 18 pushups in proper form in one minute and completing 28 sit-ups in proper form in one minute; and a 1.5-mile run in 14 minutes, 36 seconds or less. Failure to satisfactorily complete any part of the test is cause for disqualification and will eliminate candidates from further consideration. Candidates should bring long pants and a shirt for the fully clothed swimming test and a change of clothing for the running test.

Directions to South Charleston Community Center: From the east, take I-64 Exit 54, MacCorkle Avenue. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and turn left again at the next traffic light onto Jefferson Road (Bob Evans Restaurant is on the corner). From the west, take I-64 Exit 54 and make two right turns onto Jefferson Road. The South Charleston Community Center is an eighth of a mile on the right.

Media Contact: Samantha Smith 304-957-9364 [email protected]

Contact: Major Brad DeBord, Law Enforcement Section 304-558-2784 [email protected]

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