FLINT TWP. — In an ongoing effort to build the police department to 45 officers, Police Chief George Sippert said he hopes to have the names of three to five new entry level officers to present for approval to the township board of trustees at its March 21 meeting.
Chief Sippert began the effort to expand the force with funding provided by a Public Safety Millage approved by voters in November 2014.
The force now stands at about 35 officers.
In a recent hiring update to the township board, Chief Sippert said that 34 applications were received during a recruitment period ending in late December 2015.
Twenty-eight of those applicants met minimum employment eligibility requirements and were invited to take a written exam administered by the Civil Service Commission.
Nineteen sat for the exam and 12 of them of passed, he said. An interview portion whittled the final number of applicants down to eight. Background checks were then begun for five of them which Chief Sippert said he hoped would end with employment offers.
“The (hiring) struggles we are having are indicative of a national problem of finding young people who want to become police officers,’ Chief Sippert said.
He said that the department will be opening the application and testing process again in May.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller asked if job openings were being posted in trade magazines and suggested posting recruitment fliers at area churches. Chief Sippert said ads also are posted in the local newspaper and on university campuses and police academy web sites.
More information about police employment eligibility can be found at http:// www.flinttownshippolice.org/ default.aspx/MenuItemID/272/ MenuGroup/Home.htm
The department anticipates filling ten open full-time patrol officer positions in 2016, according to the Civil Service Commission.
The department serves a community of 33,691 residents and a large commercial l/retail district. Top Patrol Officer annual wage for 2015 was $58,815 per labor agreement. For more information, call Lt. James Baldwin at 810- 600-3274 or Chief George Sippert at 810-600-3277.