BDPD Bolster Their Roster With Recent Hires

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department has bolstered their roster. Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says they recently welcomed two new officers who have previous law enforcement experience. Officer Jennifer Becket is a former state capital police officer and Officer Andrew Burnett is a former Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office jail deputy. Johnson says both Becket and Burnett will most likely be on second shift.

Like many agencies across the country, it has been a challenge for the department to find and recruit those interested in the policing profession. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Johnson noted the declining interest in law enforcement careers. He says when looking for police officer openings in 2015, he was competing against 63 people. Those who have been on the department for about five or ten years longer than Johnson were going up against 258 people for openings.

Johnson says both started field training just a few weeks before Christmas and are now in its second phase. During that process the candidates are put through firearms training, deadly force training, appropriate use and de-escalation techniques, as well as defensive and arrest tactics.

Johnson says the training process is up to 14 weeks and can be accelerated or extended depending upon individual abilities. He says each trainee is put on probation for roughly a year and if everything goes well after 12 months, they become full time officers.