MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Police Department held a hiring open house on Saturday, March 5.
“We’re looking for people who want to serve their community,” said MPD recruiter Ralph McClain. “People always talk about the ‘war’ mentality. We really need it, you need to be safe. It’s the way to protect yourself, your partner and the community as a whole. But you also need of the guardianship mentality.”
Saturday’s open house allowed future officers, like Isaiah Lewis, to see what it would be like to go through the academy.
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“When I was younger, I always wanted to be a police officer. I always thought of them as heroes, and now that I’ve grown up, I’ve had to find the steps necessary to become an officer,” Lewis says. . “It’s kind of cool, actually, to get the knowledge to know what to expect at the academy.”
People like Lewis were able to ask questions, learn about department application requirements, check on some police animals and take part in a physical readiness test.
“Sometimes we have to use skills that we get in the gym like strength and agility, but also from a mental health perspective to stay healthy – mind, body and soul,” McClain said.
MPD hopes that those who feel compelled to pursue careers of service will join the force to help keep the community safe.
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“Looking at something like this, it’s a big opportunity, a big step,” Lewis said. “Most of my family members aren’t in law enforcement, don’t even think about law enforcement, and for me to be the next person to be in law enforcement is a plus. for me.”
Anyone interested in becoming an officer can submit an application to the police academy online until March 18.