MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Nearly 2,000 deputy applications are expected this week, the only chance this year to join the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.
While the Memphis Police Department is hoping city council approves a budget to include a much needed recruiting class, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office is in the heart of a new search.
Unlike the city, budget issues haven't hit the county's ability to recruit. In fact, the bad economy has made it easier.
According to SCSO Spokesperson Chip Washington, "Last year because of the economy we had over 2,200 applications; we normally get 1,000-1,500 on a yearly basis anyway."
The annual application process began April 30 and will close on May 4. Washington says the annual recruitment is necessary to keep the county safe.
"Normally we fill anywhere from 25 to 30 positions, you have attrition, retirement, things like that," he said. "What this is, is replenishing our supply and being able to keep up with the high demand we face on a daily basis."
For new recruits, the job pays just under $32,000 a year. The selection process will last several months. If selected, it won't be until this time next year that new deputies hit the streets.
"To become a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy is no easy task, it is a 6 month course, very rigorous," Washington says. "They'll learn every aspect of law enforcement inside the classroom, physical training as well; it's a full comprehensive course and you have to be selected to get in. We don't take a lot of applicants."
The new training academy begins in December. For those who are interested, you can apply online at www.shelby-sheriff.org