first_imgLifford AC had two athletes in action in the Ballyshannon 5k on Friday night. Natasha Adams and Martin Devenney travelled to the meeting in hunt of two PB’s and weren’t disappointed.Natasha Adams was the winning woman on the night and 12th overall with an excellent run of 17.29 and also setting a course record in the women’s category. This was a massive PB of 1min and 6 secs off Nastasha previous 5k time. Martin Devenney also recorded a PB on the night recording 17.47 and 15th overall. This was a PB of 40secs for Martin who turns his attention to the Derry Marathon on June 2nd now. Natasha Adams with Coach Kevin ConnollyIn Aghyaran also on Friday night Mark Donaghey competed in the Gemma’s Memorial 5k. Mark ran an impressive 22.26 which is also a PB, Mark who is also turning his attention to the Marathon in Derry in June.On Saturday the Club held its first event on the new track, Ann Marie McGlynn and Bill Duncan went in the 1500m event, Ann Marie ran a SB of 4:30. Bill recorded a time of 4.57 PB, this was the first time Bill had raced this distance.The club would also invite all athletes to attend the official opening of the Danny Mc Daid track in Letterkenny which will be held on Saturday 18th. There will be a host of International Athletes on show in an attempt to break the sub 4 min mile for the first time in the north west. Good luck to all competing and also everyone involved at Letterkenny AC.Mark Donaghey  ATHLETICS – LIFFORD AC DO WELL IN BALLYSHANNON was last modified: May 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lifford AC noteslast_img read more

Police launch recruiting drive

first_imgWHITTIER – Cops don’t grow on trees.So the Whittier Police Department is taking radical steps to ensure it can fill vacancies.For the first time in nearly a decade, the department is undergoing a major recruitment drive, aiming to hire between six and nine new officers with no prior police training.The department is paying for their training at the Rio Hondo Police Academy. At the same time, the department will pay the trainees a full-time salary of about $4,000 per month.Jose Tinajero, 22, of Norwalk, who graduated from the Rio Hondo Police Academy on Thursday at the head of his class, already had been hired by the department while still in the academy.“I’ve always wanted to be a role model,” Tinajero said of his decision to become a cop. “I enjoy taking people that hurt others off the street. As a kid, I always looked up to officers.”Whittier police officials say a looming shortage of trained officers has forced them to take more aggressive recruiting measures.The department already is down two officers, and five members are about to retire.Recruitment has become a major concern, particularly due to the rigorous process the department requires its officers to complete. Of about 100 applicants, only one or two are eventually hired, officials said.Applicants must pass a polygraph test, a physical agility examination, an in-depth background check and several psychological evaluations.“The reason we’re hiring entry level is because we have so many people from this area saying to us, `Gee, my kid would’ve loved to be a Whittier police officer, but you don’t hire entry level officers,”‘ said Whittier police Chief David Singer.“We also want a bigger field of candidates.”While the department will continue to hire its officers from the academy or from other police agencies, a team of 25 officers is also peppering schools, businesses and military bases with fliers offering paid police academy training.Tinajero was one of the more highly qualified candidates to attract the department’s attention, said department spokesman Officer Alan dela Pena.He entered the police academy soon after being discharged from the Marine Corps, where Tinajero served two tours in Iraq.He was also an Explorer cadet while in high school, assisting police officers at public events.“Since high school, I’ve seen the department and how it works,” Tinajero said. “It inspired me to want to work there. Whittier is known for its high standard of hiring.”A large part of the job calls for decision-making skills, said dela Pena.“At the end of the day, we are paid to make good decisions, whether it’s a shoot-or don’t-shoot scenario or a husband-wife disturbance. Sometimes we have to make decisions for people who can’t make decisions on their own,” he said. “We’re looking for people who can deal well with different aspects of society, too. You have to be unbiased.”The next application deadline is Dec. 16 for the department’s Jan. 7 written test.Chief Singer said he’s looking for potential officers willing to serve the public but who also like the area.“We want to hear, `I want to protect and serve the public.’ Police work is more of a calling for a lot of people,” said Singer. “It’s rewarding, but you can also see terrible things.” [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img