Two entry-level officers hired

FLINT TWP.— The township board has approved conditional offers of employment for two entry-level police officers, reducing the number of openings to five.

Jacob Wright and Terrence Chism will attend the Police Academy beginning September 5 and be sworn in after graduation at the end of the year, said Chief George Sippert.

Both have successfully completed physical and psychological examinations, drug tests and other extensive pre-employment evaluations, he said.

Wright holds bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and sociology from the University of Michigan – Flint. He is a graduate of Swartz Creek High School. This will be his first job as a police officer but he currently works as a student safety officer for the UM-Flint Pubic Safety Department.

Chism currently works as a corrections officer for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University and an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Mott Community College. He is a graduate of Hamady High School.

Considering Chism’s experience and training, Chief Sippert also recommended that his pay level be increased, upon completion of his field training, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement. This provision in the wage scale is an incentive offered to attract experienced officers.

The police department is constantly recruiting to fill its vacancies and hoped to get more candidates from Civil Service testing held August 23, Chief Sippert said.

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