Potential police officers will be able to talk with current officers to learn what the job has to offer during a recruitment night next week.

The Metropolitan York Police Testing Consortium will hold a recruitment night from 5 to 9 Wednesday at the Toyota Arena inside the York Expo Center.

Officers from a number of police departments in the county will be on hand to speak with people considering a career in law enforcement.

"Most of the time, everyone is just worried about getting a job," said Sgt. Peter Montgomery of York Area Regional Police. "However, this could help some get through the process by just being a little more educated about the local departments and what each has to offer."

Demonstrations: The event will feature a number of demonstrations, including K-9 demonstrations slated for 7 and 8 p.m.

Attendees will also be able to check out equipment used by local departments.

The recruitment night is being held as the consortium is accepting applications for entry-level police officer positions.

The consortium handles hiring for 13 police departments in the county.

Chief George Swartz of the Spring Garden Township Police said the consortium allows the departments to pool resources to recruit from a larger geographical area, resulting in a wider applicant pool. At the same time, they share the expense of the recruiting effort.

Numbers up: Over the years, the recruitment drives have proven successful.

In 2011, 755 applications were received, and 343 applicants successfully completed the examination process, Swartz said.

That's up from the 457 applications the consortium received in 2007.

To be considered for a job, an applicant must pass written and oral tests, a physical and other screening requirements.

While the Spring Garden police department doesn't have any openings, candidates who complete the examination process are eligible for employment by the departments in the consortium.

"There are departments that do anticipate hiring from this upcoming recruitment effort," Swartz said.

To apply: The Metropolitan York Police Testing Consortium is accepting applications for entry-level police officer jobs with a number of departments in the county.

Written exams will be given at the York County School of Technology, 2179 S. Queen St. at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

Those who apply pay a $40 testing fee.

For more information, or to download an application, go to yorkpolicejobs.org.

Potential police officers will be able to talk with current officers to learn what the job has to offer during a recruitment night next week.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.