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JPD wants veteran officers to join their force

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The next group of JPD recruits won't need to go through 12 weeks of training at the academy. If you have worn the badge before Jackson wants you to bring your experience to the state's largest police force. 

"It's important to have that experienced officer who joins the ranks of the Jackson Police Department because he or she will bring with them that level of discipline that is already instilled in them from their respective agency that they are with now," said JPD Commander Herman Horton.

He joined the force in 1995 and has risen through the ranks to now head the agency's Training Academy.

"I'm with the 23rd recruit class," said the veteran law officer.

Horton, a husband and father, served as a military police officer with the marines and army before joining JPD.  He wants the next officers to wear the department's badge to come with experience and commitment.

"I grew up here in Jackson," added Horton. "I have family here in Jackson. I went to school here, graduated from high school and college here at Jackson State and I never had a desire to go and work at any other agency." 

The new hires must have Mississippi Minimum Standard Certification and will be paid a starting salary of just over $31,000.00. That's compared to the $25,000.00 starting salary of a recruit who just completed  training.

Other requirements include background checks, medical and polygraph exams, firearm certification and stress tests.

To apply under the new  recruiting effort, go the the Jackson Police Training Academy at 3000 St. Charles Street. That number is 601-960-1378. Or you can go to the City of Jackson Personnel Office located in the Metrocenter Mall, 601-960-1053.

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