2 new officers start in May

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Police Department will have two new police officers on board early next month, bringing staffing back up to full force.

An offer of employment to fill a vacated position was made to Jacob Edward Emerich and approved by the township board on Monday night.

Police Chief George Sippert said Emerich has a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University and is a graduate of the Macomb Police Academy.

He has successfully passed conditional hiring requirements including a physical examination, drug test, psychological exam and employment and background checks.

Sippert said he wanted Emerich to begin work on May 6 at the same time as Michael David Schuyler, another entry level officer who was hired in January and will graduate May 2 from the Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy.

Schuyler has an associate’s degree in paralegal/psycology from Lansing Community College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State.

Having both new officers start on the same day helps with the field training schedule, Sippert said.

Before voting in favor of hiring Emerich, Trustee Frank Kasle asked for more detail about his background. Referring to a resume provided, he noted that Emerich previously worked as a cadet with the Port Huron Police Department. Kasle asked why he was not hired there.

Sippert said the cadet program was not an entry-level program. Rather, it is a student internship.

Sippert said both new officers will be sworn in at the same time, after the police academy graduation. The timeframe also allows Emerich to give twoweeks notice to his current employer.

Emerich was hired to fill a position vacated in March by the resignation of Daniel Ray, who worked for the department about one year.

The township police department is budgeted in 2013 for 35 full-time officers. It has experienced quite a bit of turnover in recent years, mostly due to retirements.

Ray was one of three new officers hired last March to fill positions created by retirements.

Another opening was created by the firing of one officer last fall for a rules violation.

Ray also was the second officer to resign recently after a short stay. Another officer was replaced in 2011 after he left to take another position after only serving one year.

At the time, the board inquired about establishing a retention rule to require new hires to stay with the department for a minimum of two years or reimburse the township for the cost of their training.

Chief Sippert reported back that he looked into it and determined that the department cannot legally impose a timeframe on how long officers remain on the force before moving on to other jobs.

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