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Trainees For Mount Vernon Police Exam Exceed Expectations

Close to 250 applicants showed up for the first evening of prep classes for the Mount Vernon Police exam.
Close to 250 applicants showed up for the first evening of prep classes for the Mount Vernon Police exam. Photo Credit: Derickson Lawrence

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- If the consistent level of attendance is any indication of test performance, Mount Vernon’s Police Department will have a deep bench for selection of its next set of recruits.

Close to 250 diverse recruits showed up the first evening for the prep classes -- and the five weeks thereafter, for the Mount Vernon Police exam scheduled at A.B. Davis Middle School on Nov. 14.

Vincent Manzione, a retired Mount Vernon police lieutenant,  led the 90-minute sessions, Mondays and Wednesdays, during the months of October and November.

A total of about 1,350 applicants registered to take the exam -- a number that far exceeded expectations; but a reflection of hard work by Detective David Clarke, one of the key contributors to this year’s turnout. Only 10 positions are expected to be filled next year.

“This was a good idea,” said Daniel Nabas, currently a truck driver from Yonkers. He liked “the pace of the classes.” Nabas always wanted to be a policeman. “Now I am feeling pretty good about my chances," he said.

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