Nate Murren is looking to change his career. The current substitute teacher is hoping to become a police officer and attended the police recruitment night at the Toyota Arena inside the York Expo Center Wednesday night.

"I'm looking at life's other options," he said.

With officers from 13 York County police departments at the event, potential police officers had the chance to quiz officers about what it's like working for one of the various departments.

Murren, of Littlestown, spent a few minutes speaking with West York Police patrolmen Mark Jackson and Scott Musselman about the borough department.

While Murren said he left with insightful knowledge of the various departments, he also hoped to have left a lasting impression on the officers he spoke with.

"Basically I'm here to introduce myself. Put a face with a name," he said. "Hopefully my name will pop out when they are going through test scores."

Questions: The event was held as part of the Metropolitan York Police Testing Consortium's recruitment drive. The consortium is accepting applications for entry-level police officer positions.

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

Attendance at the event was a little lacking but higher than when it was last held two years ago in the midst of a snowstorm.

"I do think this is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking for a police job to come out and ask questions of various different departments," said Sgt. Peter Montgomery of York Area Regional Police.

K-9: Attendees were to see a K-9 demonstration, but Brando, York Area Regional's German shepherd, pulled a muscle just as the demonstration was getting under way.

His partner, officer Michael Sampere said Brando, who is nearing his retirement, will be taken to a veterinarian to be checked out.

"Watching him limp, it kills me," Sampere told attendees. "He's with us all the time."

Front line: A number of police cruisers and other vehicles ringed part of the arena as officers and attendees chatted. The York County QRT had its armored Bearcat vehicle and arms and other equipment its members use on display.

That is what drew Craig Crankfield's attention.

Crankfield said he would like to join the county's SWAT-like team should he get a job with a police department.

"I always wanted to be on a tactical team," the Susquehanna Township man said.

In order to become a member of the team, an officer must have served with a department for three years, get the blessing of the department's chief and then pass a serious of tests, York City Police Sgt. Craig Losty, who also serves as QRT commander, told Crankfield.

After that, it's off to the Baltimore County (Maryland) SWAT School for training, Losty said.

"It's seems brutal," Crankfield said.

Nonetheless, he said the action and his three children are what's leading him toward a job as a police officer. Crankfield said he wants to fight crime in order to make the world better for his and other people's children.

"I'm looking for high crime rates," he said. "I feel I can make a difference."

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.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.