PIQUA — The Piqua Police Department is encouraging the community to get involved in police officer recruiting.
If community members or local groups know someone or multiple people they believe might make a good police officer, the department is asking them to be proactive in encouraging those qualified people to apply for the open police officer positions in the department through their “Everyone is a Recruiter” strategy.
“We can’t get anything done without the people of Piqua, so why don’t they have a say in who we should hire?” Deputy Chief Tom Steiner of the Piqua Police Department said.
The department is consistent in appreciating and working to continue the support and engagement they receive from the community. In a press release, the department said, “Here in Piqua, we are fortunate to have a public engaged with its police department with daily safety measures. We have open communication and most citizens still share information related to crimes that have occurred, which then leads to solved crimes.”
The department wants to take that community engagement to the next level with the community helping the department find people they think they would be qualified in protecting and serving them, such as the type of person they would like to see coming to the aid of a parent or loved one. The department suggested that any community groups, like churches or other organizations, can get involved together in encouraging qualified people to apply.
“If we could get diverse groups in our community to encourage people they know and trust to apply, that they also think could handle the challenges of 21st century policing, we would see the diversity we need in our pool of candidates to have a police department reflective of the community it serves,” Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said.
Steiner said that the applicants for the position do not necessarily need to be familiar with the community, but the department would like them to “reflect what our community is (and) what our community is made up of.”
The department is also encouraging the community to tell those possible applicants what they like about Piqua. In their press release, the department said, “We know there are people that can be very compelling in explaining why Piqua is such a good place to live and work. We need potential candidates to hear from them and see the community support of law enforcement extended in Piqua.” The press release went on to say that residents can be experts in explaining “why a qualified candidate should join with them to make their city safe.”
The department currently has two open police officer positions. The base annual salary for this position starts at approximately $55,910.
The department noted that their certified selection process is very challenging and they cannot hire everyone who meets the minimum qualifications. They want to continue the difficult task of choosing the best from a large pool of qualified candidates that includes minorities and women. This begins with encouraging people to apply.
All candidates for hire during 2017 must complete the application process before March 10. To learn how to apply, visit the job opportunities page on the city of Piqua’s website at piquaoh.org/city-departments/hr/job/. The Piqua Police Department can also be contacted at (937) 778-2027.
Groups that would like more information on how to help recruit should contact Steiner at (937) 778-2027, ext 3015. Anyone can get more information on the selection process by typing “bit.ly/PPDjobs” in their internet browser.
Reach Sam Wildow at [email protected] or (937) 451-3336