Wayne County hiring police officers to staff jails



Wayne County officials said Tuesday it plans to hire an additional 75 police officers to staff county jails.

The officers will be enrolled in an academy that will require 160 hours in training, the county says in a press release, and applicants will be trained on a "wide array of topics including but not limited to self defense tactics and the latest legal updates."

"My office is working closely with the County to engage the new hires we desperately need to address the critical shortage of personnel and subsequent overtime," said Sheriff Benny Napoleon, in a statement. "We hope that by streamlining the process, interested candidates will be encouraged to come out knowing we're doing all we can to get them in and working."

New hires are paid $28,284 annually, the county says, and will be required to work overtime. In addition, they receive a $1,200 bonus that's dispersed quarterly in equal payments. The job comes with healthcare and benefits. 

“These new hires will provide an added level of security at our jails while allowing us to reduce overtime costs. This is good for our general operations budget and the taxpayers of Wayne County,” said Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, in a statement.

An event will be held Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m.-noon at Cass Technical High School at 2501 Second Ave. in Detroit, where applicants can take a physical ability and agility test for the job. The county says the $50 fee for the tests will be waived at the event. 

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