Memphis Police Department recruiting new officers as benefits battle continues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department is looking for a few good officers, just as current officers are fighting for their pension and health care.

“I hope that they can get them. I really do,” Memphis Police Union President Mike Williams said.

He also said he hopes applications flood in, but worries about their qualities.

“You are gonna get applicants for this job, no doubt about it, no doubt about it, but are they gonna cut the mustard?” Williams said.

The City of Memphis must still decide if new city workers will be moved from a pension plan to a 401k-type plan and if there will be an increase in healthcare premiums.

“So there are still issues they are gonna come at us with, so why would I want to come into a situation like that knowing that this city is in turmoil when it comes to city employees, especially first responders?” Williams asked.

Memphis City Council Member Harold Collins says those are valid issues the city hopes to have solved soon.

“When you compare our city and what we have to offer to other cities, I think Memphis is still a great place to come and choose to raise your family and work in your profession and your career,” Collins said.

The union says some current MPD officers have already bolted, with six resigning this week.

Recent events show whom you hire is important.

“We see a lot of things going on like in Ferguson and St. Louis and different places like that. We want individuals who have the ability to respond and who know when to and when not to,” Williams said.

Applications for the Memphis Police Department are being accepted until September 19th.

At the same time, the police union says recruiters from other cities are headed to Memphis to recruit MPD officers for their job openings.


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