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Law enforcement career path opportunities for youth.

As I said before, the hiring process changes with the economy and unemployment rate.  Part of my long-term plan to recruit quality applicants is to actively involve our youth.

In 2013, Sheriff Wolfinger dropped the department’s Boy Scouts of America charter.  I will change this.

As your Sheriff, I will personally oversee the reintroduction of an explorer post type of program.  I hope to involve Scouts, 4-H, Tribal members, Church youth groups, the Young Marines and more.  These groups teach concepts such as discipline, trustworthiness, leadership, duty to country and community, being of service, reverence, etc.  Youth in these groups often go on to be the leaders of tomorrow and make ideal law-enforcement candidates.

The goal is simple: start promoting the idea of a career in law-enforcement to youth at 13-14 years old.

Many parents, especially single parents, want to provide their children the opportunity to have upstanding role models, people of high moral character.  A well-run law enforcement agency along with quality youth organizations will help fill this need in the community.

I will lead by example and encourage Sheriff’s office employees to volunteer their time to this program.  The benefit to them is two-fold.  Volunteering promotes personal growth and It has been my experience as a business owner that individuals who volunteer make better employees.  Additionally, many of the aforementioned groups are currently led by Sheriff’s deputies and area police officers.

Most Eighth-graders have no idea what career they will eventually pursue, I certainly didn’t.  Give kids a goal to work toward and help them along the way.  Even if they choose a different career, we will reduce the likelihood of them making poor choices that might preclude employment in law-enforcement.