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      Owens offers testing partnership with police departments

      <p>The tests cost $45 to initially take the test and $7 for each additional department they want to receive their scores.</p>

      Owens Community College and local police departments came up with a unified approach for those testing to work in local police departments.Owens Community College announced Thursday the partnership allows applicants to complete one test and have their scores sent to multiple departments.

      The tests cost $45 to initially take the test and $7 for each additional department they want to receive their scores.

      The partnership could start as early as December for police departments in Oregon and Perrysburg. Other departments in northwest Ohio expressed joining some time next year.

      The testing will be completed with National Testing Network (NTN), a system that helps law enforcement recruitment and applicant testing services. "It is disheartening to see local talent seek law enforcement positions in other states because no local police department is offering a test. I believe that increasing the frequency of testing and allowing the test scores to apply to multiple departments will encourage them to stay," Michael Navarre, chief, Oregon Ohio Police Department said in a news release.

      NTN utilizes nationally validated applicant testing products designed by Ergo metrics, a firm specializing in video-based personnel selection exams and training modules.All tests are job-simulated and designed to identify applicants, who have the decision making skills and critical thinking aptitude to perform in public safety.