FLINT TWP. — That’s two done and five to go with the hiring Monday of John Roland and Justin Dieck as uncertified entry level police officers, effective Jan. 17.
Starting on that date, both will attend the Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy at Mott Community College, said Police Chief George Sippert. Both are currently employed as a corrections deputy with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, Chief Sippert said. Roland is a graduate of Byron High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University. Since 2002, he has served with the Michigan Army National Guard, obtaining the rank of Captain and now acts as Company Commander. In 2003, he was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for eleven months and again to Afghanistan for eight months in 2010.
Dieck is a graduate of Swartz Creek High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lake Superior State University. Additionally, he holds two Associate Degrees in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice. While at Lake Superior State University, he was a three time “All American” track athlete in shot-put. In 2015, he won the NCAA Division 2 indoor National Championship in shot-put.
Both men have successfully completed physical, psychological and drug testing and also passed an extensive pre-employment background check. Chief Sippert showed two hefty binders which he said contained the results of background checks for the two men. He said it demonstrates the rigorous examination used to select police officers.
The department has been working to hire more officers since the passage of the Public Safety Millage in 2014. There still are five budgeted openings on the force.
“My hope is to get the best we can find and that is a challenge,” Chief Sippert said. “To retain them is also a challenge.”
The department is authorized to have 45 full-time police officers at full strength. Application packets are posted on the department web site at www.flinttownshippolice.org