Police rookie resigns, more sought

FLINT TWP. — The township board unanimously accepted a letter of resignation from Jacob Edward Emerich, who was hired as an entry level police officer in May.

Chief George Sippert said he has been notified by the field training officer that Emerich had failed the program. After reading the report, Sippert said he met with Emerich who submitted his letter of resignation.

Emerich was one of two officers hired in May to bring the department back up to full staffing of 35. At that time, Sippert said Emerich had a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University and was a graduate of the Macomb Police Academy.

His resignation leaves at least one position open on the police force.

Meanwhile, the police department is actively recruiting new officers.

An employment notice posted on the township’s website all month informs interested candidates that they must complete and pass an entry level police officer test must by Sept. 30.

To create a profile and sign up for the exam, applicants are directed to go to www.empco.net/testing/ and follow the instructions. An exam fee is required but the test results are accepted by all participating police agencies in Michigan. EMPCO Inc. can also be contacted with questions at 248-528-8060.

The Flint Township Civil Service Commission will use test results to create an eligibility list for entry level police officers. Present and future openings will be filled from names on this list.

The department is authorized to have 35 officers and 14 civilian support staff.

“The department currently has one open full-time patrol officer position and anticipates additional openings in the next two years,” the notice states.

Eligible applicants must have completed at least an Associates Degree as of Sept.1, More information about salary, shifts, benefits and physical requirements are posted on the website at www.flinttownship.org.

All police officers hired after January 1, 2012, are required to reside within 20 miles of the township boundaries, with some exceptions pertaining to a spouse’s employment commitments.

Further inquiries about the job can be made to Lt. Robert Battinkoff at 810- 600-3271.

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