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Decatur police to hire officers

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

Decatur police announced Thursday they will begin taking applications for police and correctional officers.

The city will hire between five and 10 police officers, one jail supervisor and two correctional officers, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Mathews said retiring officers created openings in the department.

"We're looking at other people retiring in the near future, so we want to go ahead and get our numbers up. From the time someone fills out an application, gets hired, goes through our mini-academy, is sent to the police academy and completes the field program, that takes at least a year," Mathews said.

Seeking diversity

He encouraged members of all ethnic groups and both sexes to apply, saying the department hopes to increase its diversity to reflect Decatur's increasingly diverse population.

"The city is getting very diverse. If we don't, we're going to be looking at cultural and language barriers," he said.

Applicants need to apply in person at the personnel department at City Hall, 402 Lee St. S.E.

Applications for police officer are due by March 5; jail supervisor, Feb. 19; and correctional officer, Feb. 26.

Police officer salaries are $28,912; jail supervisor, $25,064; and corrections officer, $22,750.

Benefits include paid medical, dental and a vision plan, paid life insurance and retirement plan, paid sick leave and vacation, and a tuition reimbursement program.

Mathews said he is currently making use of the department's college reimbursement program, which pays 75 percent on tuition and books for job-related courses.

"That's been a fantastic benefit for me," said Mathews, who recently graduated from Calhoun Community College with an associate's degree in criminal justice and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree.

For more information, contact the personnel department at 341-4892.

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