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Aging Men still Trying out for Force

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- 45-people took the first steps toward becoming a police officer Friday, with a surprising trend among these men trying out.

You saw the usual just out of college or the military guys, but you also saw a surprising amount of older men just looking for a change.

In fact, the Department says a man in his 50s was recently offered a job, but turned it down because of a possible strain on his family.  

Many of these people are or have been reserve officers in the past.  

Most of the time it's people who already have a career, but for men like karl Seely, they're just looking for a change.

"So far so good, I've max ed out my points on everything, so that's fortunate for a 38 year old guy," said Karl Seely. 

Only about two thirds of Friday's testers made the grade.  

The applicants are tested on pushups, sit ups, a 300-meter sprint and finally a 1.5 mile run. 

No matter the age or gender, they all have to meet the same requirements to pass.