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Hot off of two recent big developments in recruiting — the introduction of a new, user-friendly test and a new contract that offers a salary increase and re-vamped healthcare options — the San Diego Police Department is looking to get as many people through its doors for initial written tests this month.

A written test is the first stage in becoming a police officer. The new test contains half as many questions as before, and should take applicants no longer than two hours and 15 minutes to complete. The previous test took applicants more than four hours.

Potential recruits can show up for the new test at three different sessions this month on April 14, 18 and 20.

Testing on April 14 will take place at the San Diego Regional Public Safety Institute, located at 4347 North Harbor Drive, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Testing on April 18 will take place at San Diego Concourse Building, 202 C Street, beginning at 6 p.m.

Testing on April 20 will take place at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom, located at 2150 West Pan American Road beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Recruitment officials at the department hope that the shorter test, the forthcoming salary boost and the introduction of an evening test — on April 14 — will spur potential cops show up in their droves.

WILL CARLESS

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