Editor Note: A few years ago, our National Spokesman, Kyle S. Reyes, interviewed the then-Chief of Police for Flint. His leadership and that of his deputies and all of the officers was inspirational, to say the least. You can watch that interview below. For more content like this, check out www.letunity.com.
FLINT, MI– One week after launching its “Flint Born Flint Proud” campaign, the City of Flint received an overwhelming 200 plus applications from individuals interested in becoming a Flint police officer.
Back on July 21st, Mayor Sheldon Neely announced his three-point plan to fight crime and recruiting and hiring to fill vacant police officer positions was a major part of that plan. He said in a statement:
“This administration remains wholly committed to supporting the men and women who protect and serve this community. I am proud that since coming into office we have settled two police contracts, secured additional dollars to increase starting salary pay and pushed to get these long-vacant positions filled.”
“These concrete actions are investments in the betterment of the Flint Police Department and our entire community.”
The Flint Police Department is currently accepting applications for Police Officer Recruit as well as Full Time and Part Time Police Officers (who are currently certified). Come join our team!
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— Flint Police Dept. (@FlintPoliceDept) July 22, 2020
By hiring more officers and filling those long-vacant positions, Flint will be able to adequately execute the other two parts of Neely’s three-point plan. Neely’s plan also includes the formation of a new Special Investigative Unit that focuses on illegal guns and incorporates tactical expertise to increase interventions.
The last part in Neely’s three-point plan is launching a gun buyback program to get guns off the street. A series of events will be planned as part of the effort. According to police, homicides are up 11.5 percent and violent crime has increased 19.1 percent in Flint through July 26th compared to the same timeframe last year in 2019.
The announcement of Neely’s plan to fight crime came a month after he brought together the Michigan State Police, University of Michigan-Flint, and Mott Community College with a renewed partnership in the city.
Flint Police Chief Phil Hart started his career in law enforcement at the Flint Police Academy. He is a Flint resident and a 30-year police veteran and he said that it has been years since the department has seen so many possible recruits.
According to Hart, there were only 54 applicants in 2019, 22 in 2018, and a mere 9 in 2017. He said in a statement:
“We will continue to keep these positions posted until all of our vacant positions are filled and we are fully staffed and serving the community to the best of our ability.”
Currently, the City of Flint has at least 14 vacant positions and at least 9 of them will be filled with this fall’s new recruits. The City is actively promoting these job opportunities to local residents through a series of advertisements around the “Flint Born Flint Proud” campaign.
The campaign ads feature current members of the Flint Police Department who were born and raised in the City of Flint. The ads include representation from the entire police department including high ranking officers, members of the detective bureau, and patrol officers.
The Flint Police Department is currently accepting applications for Police Officer Recruit as well as Full Time and Part…
Flint Police officers can earn up to $29.50 an hour plus overtime. Hired officers have the opportunity to advance their career and increase their pay scale by promoting to various command staff positions.
All officers are provided full benefits including annual step-pay increases for eight years, health insurance, vacation time, and retirement planning. New police recruits enroll in the police academy at Mott Community College, where they will earn their police certification. The City of Flint will cover tuition and fees for the recruits’ enrollment.
While attending the academy, they will be paid a salary the entire four months that they are enrolled. They are also guaranteed a job with the Flint Police Department upon graduation. Once they graduate and begin working with the department, they will receive additional training.
The police officer application remains open for already certified officers looking to join the Flint Police Department. New recruits can also continue to apply and will have the opportunity to be considered for the spring 2021 police academy.
Applications for police positions with the City of Flint can be completed here.