FLINT TWP. —Two new police recruits were among the December 21 graduating class of the Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA) at Mott Community College.
Jacob Wright and Terrence Chism received conditional offers of employment in August and began LERTA classes on September 5. Both had already successfully completed physical and psychological examinations, drug tests and other extensive pre-employment evaluations, said Police Chief George Sippert, who also provided brief biographies of the two new trainees.
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 is his first job as a police officer but he previously worked as a student safety officer for the UM-Flint Pubic Safety Department.
Chism previously worked 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.
The township police department still has six openings for full-time officers, according to recruiting information posted on the township website at www.flinttownship.org/Portals/68/2017/UPDATED%20 QUALIFICATIONS%20FOR%20ENTRY%20LEVEL%20 PATROL%20OFFICER%20rev. pdf#page=1&zoom=auto,-14,880. Eligibility and application requirements are also provided there.
Wright and Chism are members of LERTA’s 11th session since the Academy offered its first class in September 2012. LERTA is a 16-week, intensive program that prepares students for the Law Enforcement Licensing Examination. LERTA holds two sessions each year, designed to coincide with the Fall and Winter Semesters at MCC.
LERTA is a professional learning environment that combines traditional classroom instruction, skill area instruction and practical exercises conducted by members of the LERTA staff as well as regional instructors.
For more information, visit www.lerta.mcc.edu or call (810) 410-1900.