Roswell police take recruiting efforts to Michigan

Updated: 08/04/2014 6:28 PM | Created: 08/04/2014 5:45 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Roswell Police Department is planning an eight day recruitment trip to Michigan.

Roswell police are planning the 1,500 mile trip to promote the perks of working in southeastern New Mexico.

“Number one we don't have three foot of snow in the winter," said Sgt. Jim Preston.

Michigan has 20 law enforcement academies, and Roswell police will visit 14 of them.

Preston says it’s a simple equation. A lot of academy graduates in Michigan, plus few jobs there, equals a prime combination for recruitment.

“The only reason people went to Michigan was because their job market tanked so bad and there was literally hundreds of people still getting certificates and degrees for law enforcement,” said Preston.  

Preston says Roswell police recruited there in 2012 and it worked.

"So, it was a very successful trip, because I mean it is an expensive thing to recruit in this manner,” said Preston. “We spent a little over $7,000. But we were able to hire and keep over eight people which I believe is a huge success."

The department currently has 15 officers from Michigan.

Koren Vanderweele is one of them. She says coming here was a big move, but a good one.

“A lot of growing and becoming an officer, learning how to become an officer,” said Vanderweele. “It's been incredible."

Preston says their experience with Michigan recruits has been so great, they want to hire more. This time, they’re hoping to attract six officers.

If they’re successful, that could mean over 20 percent of the Roswell police force is from Michigan.

“It’s nice to know that other people understand where you're coming from, understand what you've experienced,” said Vanderweele.

Roswell police are hoping to begin their recruiting trip the last week of September.

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