FLINT TWP. — The police department is continuing its search to find a few good men (and women) to bring staffing up to full strength.. In a recent report to the township board, Police Chief George Sippert said the most recent recruiting effort, that ended in mid-June, may not produce enough people to fill seven open positions.
“We are working our way through the civil service hiring process,’’ Chief Sippert said. That include spending “quite a bit of money” to advertise openings statewide.
That effort produced 26 applicants, he said. All of them were invited to take the written exam but only 19 of them showed up. Only 16 of those passed the test and were subsequently invited to the interview portion of the hiring process.
Of the 14 applicants who showed up for the interviews, only eight passed. Those eight still must under- go background checks and other physical tests. No word yet on how many, if any, will make the final cut.
“It is sort of disappointing but not unique to Flint Township, “Chief Sippert said of the difficulty in finding qualified candidates. “We’re seeing it statewide and nationwide that men and women are not interested in joining the ranks of law enforcement.”
Chief Sippert said they will begin another round of testing in a few months. “We are working diligently to fill the open positions and it is quite a challenge,’” he said. Chief Sippert has been working at increasing the size of the force since November 2014 when voters approved a Public Safety Millage that provided funding for more officers. Six new recruits were hired in March of this year. Over the past 20 months, the township Civil Service Commission has conducted four entry level testing processes to establish a list of candidates. Since 2007, the township has hired 41 officers, Chief Sippert said. Of those, 13 did not stay. Between turnover and retirements, the staff almost has undergone a complete change in the past ten years. Inquiries about joining the force can be made to Lieutenant James Baldwin at(810)600- 3274 or Chief George Sippert at (810)600- 3277.