(Memphis) Another city is trying to persuade Memphis police officers to work for them.
The Dallas Police Department announced they are coming to town to offer jobs, hoping to fill 200 positions.
Carlos Carter, the father of four and unemployed, liked the fact he does not need previous experience or a college degree.
“I got two boys and two girls and anything would help them,” Carter said. “Whatever helps their day helps them.”
A few college credits, a 2.o GPA, and a clean background could get his foot in the door.
The job starts at nearly $43,000.00 per year.
The salary could be appealing to many Memphians looking for work and the city‘s police officers.
“It‘s more than what‘s here,” Michael Williams, Memphis Police Association President, said.
According to Williams, Dallas would be getting officers from Memphis who were trained on taxpayers’ dimes.
“You don’t have to spend as much money training them. You don’t have to give them much oversight. They already come with credentials,” Williams explained.
The MPA believes city leaders should be trying to hold on to the experienced the officers in Memphis have.
“There has not been a promotional process here. They‘re trying to take away the benefits here,” Williams said. “Why would these guys want to stay?”
Many officers have already begun leaving the Memphis Police Department.
“What? Do you want these guys to be slaves? You want them to work for slave wages, slave labor? Come on. That‘s not it,” Williams said.
With Dallas highlighting their outstanding pension program on their promotional flyer, Williams thinks more officers could soon be headed for the door, “We can’t stop them from leaving.”
Dallas recruiters will be conducting interviews later this month at the following locations:
- 5700 Attu
- Millington, TN
- May 21, 2014
- 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.
- Memphis, TN
- 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- May 22, 2014