Salisbury Police looking to hire, fill vacancies
By Shavonne Walker
In recent years, the city of Salisbury has lost several police officers to bigger agencies and others under a cloud of misconduct and other troubling issues. But, city and police officials say they are actively recruiting men and women to fill 11 vacancies at the Salisbury Police Department.
The city is currently looking to hire a new chief, officials say, before July 1. The vacancy came following the November resignation of Police Chief Rory Collins. Collins, who became chief in 2010, officially retired Dec. 31, at which time Capt. Brian Stallings was named interim chief.
Collins cited stress as a large part of his decision to retire after 25 years in law enforcement.
A full department includes 81 sworn positions and, as of Monday, the police department has 70 positions.
According to numbers provided to the Post by the Salisbury Police Department, the positions are as follows:
• Patrol division, 44 designated positions, short five
• Police Interdiction Team (PIT), 10 designated positions, short five
However, one of the five members of PIT is on military leave at this time, said Police Capt. Shelia Lingle.
Lingle said there is also personnel assigned to the patrol unit until more officers are hired for that division.
• Drug Unit, four designated positions, short one
• Criminal Investigations, nine designated positions, short two
The following positions have been filled:
• Crime Scene Investigator (CSI), one
• School Resource Officer (SRO), three
• Community Services — Victim Advocate/Youth Crime Prevention/Community Relations, three
• Downtown Officer, one
• Captains, three
• Administrative Lieutenant, one
Of the officers in the police department, 16 are female and 15 are minorities.
Citizens have said they want to see diversity within the police department.
Lingle said there are three new officers who are in the process of being hired by the city. Those three officers are undergoing field training and will join the patrol unit in April.
She also said the department has a recruitment manager, Mike Neely, who is not a sworn officer, but is supervised by police Lt. Lee Walker. Neely recruits both civilian and sworn officers.
Lingle said Neely not only recruits at job fairs and area colleges, but at Basic Law Enforcement Training courses (BLET). After all, those students enrolled in BLET are future law enforcement officers, she said.
City Manager Lane Bailey has said the police department’s vacancies are the largest area of vacancies within the city.
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