(Steven Lane/The Columbian)
February 24, 2012
Shaun Brooks, No. 7, from Vail Valley, Colo., finishes the 300-meter run portion of the public safety recruitment physical test at Hudson’s Bay High School on Feb. 12. Brooks, 25, flew in to test for the Vancouver and Battle Ground police departments. Vancouver is still in the process of hiring officers on a grant awarded in 2010. Attrition and the difficulty in finding qualified applicants means it can take years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars, to find officers.