Police dept. actively seeking new officers

FLINT TWP. — The Civil Service Commission has approved acceptance of applicants for entry-level police officers and the department is searching for and wide for eligible candidates, according to Police Chief George Sippert.

Courtesy of the Public Safety Millage voters passed in November, the department is hiring. Applications are being accepted through Thursday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. Application forms can be obtained at the township clerk’s office, at the police station or online.

Chief Sippert said hiring notices have been publicized in several places including:

• the police department’s web site – www.flinttownshippolice.org/)

• Police Facebook page – https:// www.facebook.com/pages/Flint-Township- Police-Department/195338327301926?rf=122033731208642),

• The Flint Township’s web site – www.flinttownship.org/

• Pure Michigan Talent Connect – www.mitalent.org/

• The Michigan Commission for Law Enforcement web site – www.michigan.gov/mcoles/0,4607,7-229–147686–,00.html

• The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police web site – www.michiganpolicechiefs.org/networking/

Chief Sippert also said they have contacted every police-training academy in Michigan and asked them to mail notices to recent graduates.

“We are trying to get as many applications as possible,” Chief Sippert said. “That gives us a better chance of getting a broad range of applicants.”

The department has openings for four full-time patrol officers and anticipates additional openings in the next two years, according to the job posting.

The department is budgeted for 40 full-time officers and is headquartered in a “state of the art facility” at 5200 Norko Drive, completed in 2004.

The posting also notifies potential applicants that the department serves a community of 33,691 residents and a large commercial/retail district.

Per the labor agreement, top patrol officers annual wages for 2015 is $58,815, the posting states. Officers work 12-hour shifts and get benefits including health, dental and vision insurance and a Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS) defined pension plan, paid time off, provided uniform and equipment, longevity pay, shift premiums and other perks.

Details about eligibility requirements, background checks, testing and other aspects of the application process are provided in the job posting.

Inquiries about the job should be directed to Lieutenant Robert Battinkoff at 810-600-3271 or Chief George Sippert at 810-600-3250.

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