GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you are interested in working in law enforcement, the Grand Rapids Police Department may have an opportunity for you.
GRPD is looking to hire police recruits. They are not required to have any previous police training.
Officials say the city will hire 20 police recruits and sponsor them to attend the Grand Valley State University Police Academy, which begins in May. While attending the academy, police recruits will be paid, starting at $48,062 annually and will receive all city provided benefits.
Considering the climate and the growing racial tensions in America, hiring managers said they know it could be difficult to find men and women who want to become police officers. It’s a challenge a spokesperson for GRPD said it accepts.
“We’re always striving for that diversity,” said GRPD Sgt. John Wittkowski. “Do we have that diverse of an agency we want? Absolutely not, and again, there’s that relatability, there’s that sense of honesty and trust that is developed as a result of that.”
While they accept outside applicants, officials said they are looking to hire people who are familiar with this community. They say hiring from the area will help officers police neighborhoods and understand the families they’re serving.
“Certainly, if you are from the city, you live in the city, you’re going to have a greater knowledge of the community,” Wittkowski said. “You’ve already developed relationships; you already know the community geographically. This is hugely important moving forward.”
Recruits will return to GRPD to get additional training when they complete the GVSU academy. The department says they will be sworn in as officers if they complete all the requirements.
All applicants must pass the civil service exam and meet all Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.