Posted at: 10/23/2012 8:47 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News
The Roswell Police Department made its way to Michigan this month to recruit police officers – a project that began when recruiters began considering the fact that 13 of their current officers were from the Great Lakes State.
“I don't know when the trend actually started happening but someone became aware of what was happening and that's why part of the recruiting efforts were in Michigan,” Roswell Police spokesperson Sabrina Morales said.
Four officers, two of them Michigan natives, visited 11 police academies in the state. Officers in Michigan must first complete Law Enforcement Academy classes before hiring on with a Police Department. The classes are college-based, where individuals also get an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree before being employed with law enforcement. This means that these applicants will only need one week of training with RPD before they can start field training and then day-to-day work.
On the recruiting trip, six applicants took a full recruiting test and four passed. In all, there were 27 interviews, with more interviews set up via Skype and more applications arriving at the Roswell Police Department as a result of that trip.
The recruiting efforts came as an attempt to fill 15 open positions at RPD, which the department says have been a little tough to find the right people for. RPD hopes these recruiting efforts, and others they’ve been doing within New Mexico, will help bring them to a full staff of 97 officers.
“There’s still more interviews to be done, there’s still definitely more interview packets coming in every day, but this is a very good thing,” Morales said. “Hopefully pretty soon the police department will be fully staffed.”