Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN, Sentinel County Editor
Monday, 04 February 2013 09:59
Bowling Green State University may be replacing a third of its police force this year.
Due to changes in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, the campus police force will see three to eight of its officers retiring this year in order to not lose out on retirement benefits.
The department currently has 24 full-time officers, and plans were in place to add another this year, according to Chief Monica Moll.
Under normal circumstances, replacing up to eight officers would be a challenge. But filling the vacancies may be even tougher since the OPERS changes have many police officers throughout Ohio eying retirement.
"It makes it difficult to find good applicants," when so many police departments are picking from the same pool of potential officers, Moll said.
At the same time, Moll is also hoping to expand the racial diversity of the BGSU police force.
"We've been doing everything we can to spread the word," she said.
Moll realizes that working on a college campus can require a great deal of interpersonal skills.
"It has to be someone who wants to work in an open-minded, progressive environment," she said. "Someone who's a problem solver."
Dealing primarily with an ever-circulating college-age population also requires another personal quality, the chief said.
"You really need a lot of patience," she said.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old, with a minimum of 60 hours of college credits.
Starting pay for officers who have completed police academy training is $21 an hour. Because of the expected challenge in hiring new officers, the campus police force is opening up applications to people without academy training. Those hires would be paid $19 an hour, with the academy training paid for by BGSU.
Applicants will be judged on written tests, physical agility, interpersonal skills, background checks, lie detector tests, medical and drug testing. Moll said theater students will assist in the application process by acting out scenarios, so applicants can be judged on how they would handle certain situations.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 10:18