On June 26th, POAM’s Cpl. Brian Earle joined Michigan State Trooper, Lt. Mike Shaw, and Ken Reed, from the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, on Fox’s Let It Rip Weekend to discuss why police officer openings are not being filled.
There are currently 4,000 police officer vacancies in the state. But why aren’t these positions being filled? The requirements to become a police officer are as follows:
- 18 years of age (or 21 for Michigan State Police)
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Good driving record
- Good eye sight or wears glasses
- No trouble with the law
The panel discusses various reasons why there are so many positions remaining unfulfilled, and what might need to be done to change that. You can watch the episode on Fox 2’s website.