Publicly criticized for being critically understaffed, the Dallas Police Department began the screening process Friday to hire more 911 call takers.
More people than expected answered the call for help on the first of three application days.
"I need a better job and it would be cool to work for the Dallas Police Department. So why not?" said Keanna Smith.
While some already have work, others who applied for the $33,000 to $36,000 per year jobs were already out of work.
"I need it. I have a 2-year-old and I really need this job so I'm praying that I get in," said Shekena Bailey.
Part of the application process included a competency test and a civil service exam.
"They want to know everything. So if you've ever done anything, any tickets, you know, you've done drugs, anything, you can't lie on it. You have to tell the truth about everything and right afterwards they are gonna do a lie detector test. So whatever you put down make sure it's the truth," said Mahogany Montgomery.
The interviews will continue throughout the weekend at the Jack Evans Police Headquarters Building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DallasPD.
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