The city is dealing with having to replace about 15% of its workforce every year and that can cost taxpayers.
There are openings, seemingly all the time in the Minot Police force.
“We have a lot of people come in and they don’t stay for very long or maybe they don’t make it through the training so it’s kind of a constant turnover,” said Captain John Klug of the Minot Police Department.
In the last 8 years, the Minot Police Department has hired 81 new officers.
“Right now we have 19 officers with less than 2 years of experience,” said Klug.
When the department anticipates that 12 officers will leave each year, it’s difficult to get that ‘”years of experience” to rise. On average a patrol officers experience is at three and half years (excluding supervisors).
“Right now we’re at a manageable stand point with our manpower, but it takes overtime to meet the needs of the community and meet the needs of just law enforcement calls for service,” said Klug.
The Minot fire department faces a similar issue. New hires average one to two years with the department before leaving.
“It’s definitely hard on us you know continually training them, getting to build relationships with these guys and then having them leave and getting a brand new guy that you have to start all over with,” said Minot Fire Department senior officer Jacob Filkins.
Fire department officials say it costs around 75- thousand dollars to train a firefighter.
“We handle car accidents, hazmat calls, actual firefighting, stuff like that it really adds up the cost of teaching new firefighters up to the point that they are fully sufficient,” said Filkins.
On average Minot firefighters have 7 to 8 years of experience, that’s barely half of Bismarck’s fire department that averages 13.5 years.
Nathalie Gomez: Both the fire and police departments are trying to tweak their marketing tactics to get employees to stay in the Magic City long-term.
This will make their jobs easier, and save us all some money.