Police force adds two new officers

FLINT TWP. — Effective June 15, the township will have two more police officers working to uphold law and order in the community.

At its Monday night meeting, the Township Board approved hiring two new officers, as recommended by Police Chief George Sippert.

They are Christopher Robert Miller and Steven Douglas Moore.

Miller is currently a part-time officer for the Genesee Township Police Department, Chief Sippert said. He is a graduate of Lapeer High School and holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Macomb Community College. He trained at the Macomb College Police Academy.

Moore is an April 2015 graduate of the Mott Community College Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy. He graduated from Romulus High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic media from Eastern Michigan University and an electronic tech certificate from Michigan State University.

Chief Sippert said that both men have passed background checks, physical and psychological exams, drug testing and other pre-hiring requirements.

The Civil Service Commission provided their names. They will bring the township’s police force up to 36 officers, leaving four more budgeted positions to be filled. Chief Sippert said he hopes to submit names for those candidates within six months.

Hiring more police and fire employees was stipulated in the Public Safety Millage passed by voters in the November 2014 election.

In response to inquiries by the township board at its May 18 board meeting, Chief Sippert said that hiring has been delayed because of a vacancy in the Civil Service Commission.

At that time, the three-member panel needed one more member. A chairperson had been appointed and township unions chose a second member. Those two commissioners were responsible for selecting the third member for the autonomous panel which is charged with developing a system of employment and promotion, based on legal guidelines, maintaining a list of qualified applicants and providing their names when openings occur.

Chief Sippert said that the Civil Service Commission needs to test again because the list of eligible police officer candidates is almost dried up.

Chief Sippert also said previously that the number of new officers brought on board at once is limited because of the number of field training officers available.

Moore and Miller were offered conditional offers of employment and must complete field training and 12 months of probation before being hired permanently.

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