STOCKTON, CA - An estimated 1,300 people apparently have no problem with the idea of policing Stockton's troubled streets.
That's the number of people that began the application process by being put through a series of agility tests Wednesday at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.
Dominique Hohmann of Clovis, although too young at the age of 20 to be hired, hopes to become a police officer somewhere when she reaches 21.
"My uncle was [a] leuitenant with the Scotts Valley Police Department. He's my mentor and inspiration. I take after him," said Hohmann.
Hohmann said the city's crime problems don't discourage her.
Chief of Police Eric Jones said Stockton is an attractive place for police hopefuls.
"We use that as a recruiting tool. Yes, there are challenges: We are a very active, busy city. We have a lot to offer: SWAT, canine, bike patrols, promotional opportunities," he said.
Hohmann said there are much simpler reasons for her desire to be a police officer.
"I always love helping people and putting the bad ones away," she said.