Jeff Garretson - April 26, 2016 12:32 pm
On a busy Tuesday morning with a murder investigation underway and an active car chase in progress for a known suspect – Salina Chief of Police Brad Nelson made time to keep his appointment on the KSAL Morning News.
Chief Nelson not only updated the audience on the breaking news but also took time to talk about job opportunities within the department.
“If we were at full strength today we would have 84 officers,” Chief Nelson said.
“Right now we have seventy seven.”
According to Nelson the minimum qualifications to be hired is to be 21-years of age, with a high school diploma or GED and no felony convictions.
“Our salary is very competitive with starting pay that’s just under $41,000 a year with benefits.”
Chief Nelson says they are actively recruiting new team members with a heavy effort at nearby Ft. Riley, a plan to host a booth in September at the Kansas State Fair and they are rolling out new brochures to be distributed city wide.
Nelson added that after being hired, a new police officer must complete 14-weeks of instruction at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, followed up with 15-more weeks of training in Salina before becoming an officer.
“It’s a call for service, and that’s why we’re hiring the best.”