Bowling Green Police Changes Promotion Requirements

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

The Bowling Green Police Department is looking to change the way they promote officers.

In the former system, their were only two educational stair steps in the promotional ranks at the department.

You would need 60 hours of college credit or an Associates Degree to be eligible for Sergeant, Captain, or either Deputy Chief position.

The only further educational step is for the Chief of Police who must have a Bachelor's Degree.

But Police Chief Doug Hawkins says he's going to change that.

"Create a system where a brand new officer coming in with a high school diploma is given an opportunity through an educational process to achieve higher ranks through the organization," says Police Chief Doug Hawkins.

The new system changes the original standards for the Sergeant and Captain positions, but it also creates more educational steps for officers to follow if they want to move up.

"Through that stair step requirements through the promoted ranks, each officer that has the goal of being a Sergeant or a Captain or a Police Chief and so forth also has the ability to attain the educational requirements," says Chief Hawkins.

He says that officers earn 12 of the required hours during Police Basic Training.

Other programs such as the Southern Police Institute offer officers wanting to move up more college hours.

Chief Hawkins says the emphasis on more education could really benefit the department.

"I believe that the result of that would be I'll have more officers interested and becoming eligible for those promoted positions. I think that'll create more competition for promoted positions within the department," notes Hawkins.

Which Hawkins believes will breed better candidates and better results for the BGPD.

Chief Hawkins says he hopes this move will also help to strengthen the pool of applicants for promoted positions in coming years.

Hawkins says the numbers of eligible officers for ranked positions are currently slim.


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