The Oswego Police Department is hiring, and the recruitment team is looking for a new kind of candidate.
“We want women and men who are looking for new challenges, who are solution-oriented problem solvers, and who are interested in growing a career with us,” said Oswego Deputy Police Chief Brad Delphey, who is heading recruitment efforts for the department. “In Oswego, we really pride ourselves on innovation and growth, and that means bringing lots of different ideas and lots of different people to the table.”
The department will be testing in early June to add new candidates to its eligibility list. In addition to typical law enforcement job boards, the recruitment team has launched a campaign to reach people who may not have previously considered a career in policing.
Throughout the spring, the recruitment team will be employing several different tactics to seek out new candidates. That includes outreach to college campuses and job fairs, a station open house planned for mid-May, and a digital marketing campaign and the launch of OPDrecruits.com, where candidates can learn more about the application process and opportunities with the department.
A recruitment plan that actively attracts a diverse candidate pool supports the Oswego Police Department’s ongoing participation in The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. or CALEA, which accredits law enforcement agencies for their compliance with best practice standards in public safety. The U.S. Justice Department has also encouraged increasing diversity on local police departments to better reflect and build trust in the communities they serve, not just along gender and racial lines, but also including diversity in religion, language ability, and other backgrounds and experiences that bring many different perspectives to an organization.
“Nationwide, we’re really seeing a push to ensure that our police departments are representative of the communities they serve, and that’s really important to us here in Oswego,” said Police Chief Jeff Burgner. “Oswego is growing and changing. Bringing those diverse voices to the department strengthens our community-oriented approach to policing. We’re an organization that appreciates fresh ideas on how to continually do things better for our residents.”
The Oswego Police Department offers a competitive starting salary and other benefits typical of local law enforcement, such as excellent medical and dental insurance, paid time off, and a pension.
Oswego’s fast-paced growth as a community, however, means officers also have plenty of opportunities to grow into more specialized areas of policing, and a video on www.opdrecruits.com highlights the stories of several different officers who started out on patrol and have grown into specialties like school resource officers, detectives and SWAT team members.
In addition, the campaign highlights the working environment offered by the new Oswego Police Headquarters, which opened in 2018 and offers amenities like onsite training facilities, range, and fitness center.
Generally, candidates must be at least 21 years old but not yet 35, with an associate or bachelor’s degree, 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university, or relevant military experience, and must have U.S. citizenship, a driver’s license and FOID card. Specific qualifications are listed at OPDrecruits.com.
“We’re really proud of what we’ve built here in Oswego in a number of ways,” Burgner said. “We’ve got a great professional team, a top-notch facility, and a community that really supports our officers and the work they do. We’re really looking forward to what the next group of recruits will bring to serve our residents.”
Interested in applying?
For more information about the recruitment process, visit www.opdrecruits.com, where you can view qualifications and also complete the application and pay the $25 application fee. Applications are also available for download from the website, and hard copies may be picked up and returned to the Oswego Police Headquarters, 3355 Woolley Road, Oswego.
The deadline to apply is noon on Wednesday, June 3. The subsequent written exam and orientation will be held on Saturday, June 13, at Oswego High School.