GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Applications are flooding in for a two-fold program designed to attract new recruits to the Grand Rapids Police Department.
According to the GRPD, the city has stepped up to sponsor a group of recruits at Grand Valley State University’s Police Academy in May 2017.
By noon Friday, Sgt. Terry Dixon told 24 Hour News 8 that more than 500 people had already applied.
While attending the 16-week program, participants will be paid a starting police recruit officer’s salary. Recruits who graduate will be trained an additional eight weeks at the GRPD before becoming a sworn Grand Rapids police officer.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for those who’ve perhaps always wanted to become a police officer – this is your chance. You don’t have to have any prior experience, at all. Just the basics,” Dixon said.
Applicants have to be at least 18 years old and cannot have any felonies on their record.
Candidates must complete the GRPD’s online application by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.
It will be a very competitive process. Dixon said there will only be 10 or fewer recruits selected out of the hundreds of applicants.
The GRPD has been on a hiring binge since July, when it held a joint open house with the Grand Rapids Fire Department to hire between 10 and 15 officers.
Candidates must be available Monday through Friday and occasionally at night or on weekends to attend the GVSU Police Academy.
Anyone with questions about the recruiting process is encouraged to contact the GRPD Training Bureau through Facebook or by calling 616.456.3330.