VPD seeking part-time officers

Published 7:27 pm Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Vicksburg Police Department is preparing to hire part-time police officers to help deal with a manpower shortage in the department.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Wednesday approved a policy for hiring and paying the officers.

Police Chief Milton Moore said the department has been researching hiring part-time officers for some time. He said the department presently has 61 officers. It is budgeted for 81.

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“These part-time officers can come in and help us work details, and we can use a full-time officer doing something other than working a detail,” he said.

Must be certified

Part-time officers holding full-time certification can work up to 25 hours a week. Officers holding a part-time certification can work up to 10 hours a week, Moore said.

Pay for a part-time officer $25 an hour.

Under the city’s policy, officers applying for the position must have either full or part-time state police officer standards and training certification, or they must pass a physical fitness agility test at a 50 percent efficiency level and complete an accredited part-time law enforcement officer’s training academy within two years of being hired.

Besides holding current certification, prospective part-time officers must also pass a background check, pass an interview with Moore, pass a drug screen, a physical examination, receive satisfactory psychological evaluation, and must qualify with a department-issue handgun and be immediately available for work.

“We are already taking applications,” Moore said, “And I’ve had some people call and ask about it.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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