New police officer hired

FLINT TWP. — Molly Elise Marlatt, a Flint Township resident, is joining the township police force.

Police Chief George Sippert said she has already successfully completed preliminary tests including physical and psychological exam, drug test and background check. She will start work January 12 as an uncertified entry-level officer. She will begin four months of training immediately at the Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy at Mott Community College followed by about four months of field training.

It will be about eight months before she’ll be patrolling on her own, Chief Sippert said.

Marlatt holds an associate’s degree in general science from Delta Community College and a 2013 Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University, he said.

She was hired to fill one of eight budgeted vacancies on the police force.

Chief Sippert said the department received more than 40 applications during a recruiting period that ended December 30. Those candidates are now being tested by the civil service commission which will pass on names of the most qualified candidates for hiring consideration.

The department is in a position to hire more officers due to passage of a public safety millage in November.

The township board unanimously approved a conditional offer of employment for Marlatt. She will join two other female officers on the 35-officer force. Chief Sippert said female officers have been on staff for quite some time. The “high water” mark was six, he said.

Marlatt has worked as a bank teller for the past year, according to her online LinkedIn profile. She also did an internship with the Saginaw Police Department from May-August of 2013 where she gained skills in report writing, interviewing techniques, preparing traffic citations and maintaining daily reports. She also experienced a variety of incidents such as traffic accidents, domestic assaults, and homicides.

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