August 01, 2013GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Two more public safety officers could bring the force to nearly full strength by year's end.
Grosse Pointe Shores Chief John Schulte offered a pair of candidates conditional job offers last week.
"Both are firefighter paramedics," he said.
They must pass physical, psychological and background checks, plus complete a 17-week police academy curriculum before the offers are final.
"We hope to have them in the academy Aug. 12," Schulte said. "They will be sworn in Dec. 17, at the (city) council meeting."
"Two new officers will provide us with 13 paramedics," said Mark Wollenweber, city manager. "Twelve is our magic number."
Although the hirings boost department manpower to 17, they fall one short of optimal strength.
"I have four platoons," Schulte told the council Tuesday, July 16. "Three of the four will have four officers. One will have three. Ideally, four platoons of four officers each would prevent a lot of overtime and make scheduling much easier during vacations."
Some 15 of the department's officers are assigned to the road patrol.
"We're a little short at the moment, which you'll see with the overtime," Schulte said.
To counter reduced staffing, Schulte and his lead investigator also scout the community.