South Florida police holding recruiting academy


Port St. Lucie Police holding recruiting academy

Updated: 10:37 AM EDT Apr 30, 2024

THIS WEEK, IT WILL BE WARMER. ALL RIGHT, SANDRA, THANK YOU. COVERING THE TREASURE COAST STARTING THIS MAY. THE PORT SAINT LUCIE POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL START ITS OWN ACADEMY CLASS WITH A PLAN TO RECRUIT FUTURE OFFICERS IN THE CITY. JOINING ME NOW TO TALK ABOUT THE RECRUITMENT AND ACADEMY IS CHIEF RICHARD DEL TORO AND ASSISTANT CHIEF LEO NIMSICK. THANK YOU SO MUCH BOTH FOR BEING HERE WITH US THIS MORNING. SO TELL US ABOUT THE RECRUIT ACADEMY. SO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY, HISTORY OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A PORT SAINT LUCIE POLICE DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC ONLY ACADEMY WHERE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE 30 RECRUITS OR CADETS IN THAT ACADEMY SPECIFICALLY FOR PORT SAINT LUCIE ONLY. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT? IT MEANS WE’RE GROWING AT A VERY FAST RATE, NOT ONLY GROWING AS A CITY. YOU KNOW, THE POPULATION. WE’RE THE SIXTH LARGEST CITY NOW IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, BUT OUR DEPARTMENT BEING ONLY 44 YEARS OLD, WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF ATTRITION WITH RETIREMENT. SO WE HAVE TO KEEP UP WITH BOTH THE GROWTH AND RETIREMENTS WITHIN THE AGENCY. ALL RIGHT. SO WHAT DO WE WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN APPLYING REACH OUT. WE CAN GET YOUR ACADEMY COVERED AND WE’RE GOING TO PAY YOU THE SAME TIME TO GO THROUGH THE ACADEMY. YEAH. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THIS IS UNDER THE THE PROGRAM THAT THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED ABOUT TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO, WHERE HE AWARDED A $1.5 MILLION SCHOLARSHIP. SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AS WELL? IT DOES MAKE IT A LITTLE EASIER FOR US TO HIRE. WHAT WE LEARNED IS THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE STUCK IN CAREERS THAT THEY’RE NOT HAPPY WITH, THAT WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CHANGE. THIS OPPORTUNITY ALLOWS THEM TO GET PAID WHILE THEY’RE GOING THROUGH THE POLICE ACADEMY AND IT GIVES THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO BREAK FREE WITH THE CAREER THEY’RE STUCK IN. SO WE FOUND IT REALLY TAPS US INTO A WHOLE NEW POOL OF RECRUITS THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE. YEAH. AND…

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