Warner Robins Police look to hire ten at career expo | News
The Warner Robins Police plan to use a new weapon, when it comes to recruiting officers.
They will open the doors of their year-old law enforcement center this weekend, welcoming potential hires.
Working on a report Monday morning at a computer in the law enforcement center, Officer Matthew Smith admits this part of the job is not his favorite.
Smith said, "Patrol is what I like. I like being on the road and in my car. He is in his car most of the time, as a Warner Robins patrol officer.
There's 92 sworn officers now, 15 in the process of getting a badge and ten more needed.
Smith said, "You really have to want to help people and help your community." He says the base salary shouldn't be the reason for wanting the work.
He said, "Police work is a calling."
Chief Brett Evans says starting jobs pay about $32,934. He stresses the benefits package saying, "The city's retirement for employees is 100-percent funded by the city."
Healthcare costs $32 a paycheck for a family, and officers get car, many of them brand new, Evans said.
Plus, there's the law enforcement center, opened last year and equipped with the latest technology.
Evans said, "Why don't we recruit from here, use this as a selling point and say here's what we do and here's what we offer?"
It's the first time they've used the tool and hope it attracts a quality applicant pool, that can pass tests of their physical and mental abilities and a background check.
Public Information Officer Tabitha Clark said, "No convictions of felonies. No convictions of DUI's in the past couple years."
Clark believes hiring officers will boost the morale of a staff that often works overtime to fill the manpower shortfall.
Officer Smith said, "They are aspects of any job that are going to bring morale down."
He says he focuses on the work, and the perks that surround him: the building, the car the people.
Smith said, "But, if you genuinely want to be a police officer, to do the job, its not about the money."
Clark said officers had not received merit raises in the past five years. Most did receive a 3-percent cost of living adjustment this year.
The Warner Robins Police Career Expo will be this Friday from 3 pm until 7 pm., and Saturday from 8 am until noon.
Its open to all interested job applicants. Clark said people must be 21 or older by the time the complete the field training officer program, which takes about 11 weeks.
The address is 100 Watson Boulevard.