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MPD Offers Housing and Relocating Money to New Hires

The Midland Police Department is finding alternative ways to recruit new hires to West Texas. The latest incentives include paying a portion of the housing cost and offering relocating money.
The Midland Police Department is finding alternative ways to recruit new hires to West Texas. The latest incentives include paying a portion of the housing cost and offering relocating money.

“Housing market here is very strict and the cost is very high so in order to attract people from all over the US we wanted to help them out,” said Sgt. Alfredo Grimaldo, in charge of the Personnel & Recruiting Division at MPD.

The agency also released a recruitment video recently, in hopes of breaking the stereotypes of the city.

“A lot of people really thought that we just ride horses to work,” Grimaldo said. “People think West Texas and what's out there and they think tumbleweeds crossing the road which tumbleweeds do cross the road but there is more behind that.”

To show that the department has more to offer, they decided to give recruits $300 for housing and up to $1,000 for relocating.

Jonathan Green, a police recruit, is the first to receive the benefits.

“It's a starting point because when you're looking at rent here they might want pay stubs or some references and when you don't know anyone in Midland, I didn’t know anyone in Midland, it was a starting point,” Green said.

And according to Grimaldo, this will make them a more competitive department in Texas.

“When you take into consideration the cost of living then a lot of good quality applicants were being lost to other departments that did not have high cost of living,” Grimaldo said.

And so far, it’s working.

“The benefits outweighed the costs it was a very high price of living but the benefits MPD offers outweigh those higher costs,” Green said.

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