Sheriff taking fresh approach to find recruits

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY — The sheriff is taking a fresh approach to looking for new recruits. This year is the first time they’ve promoted openings on billboards around town. They’ve also been talking about it on the radio. Sheriff Dan Walsh says they’re hoping to reach more people this way.

Most of their applicants are from Champaign County or close to it. They’re also trying to find recruits through social media and working through churches in the area. He says issues in Ferguson and Dallas in the past may have made an impact on people wanting to sign up, but maybe not in the way you’d expect.

“I’ve been told somebody read when this happened in Dallas, their applicant pool actually increased over what it was before,” said Walsh. “So many people are saying, ‘we’ve got to stop this.'”

Walsh says there are plenty of perks. He says it’s a rewarding job because you get to help people. Plus your starting take-home pay is about $50,000 and their pensions are nearly fully funded. The sheriff says they’ve had a good response so far with more than 120 people starting their applications online. To find out more about it, click here.

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