Law enforcement faces some of the toughest challenges yet, as many departments see fewer hirings, an increase in quits, and many more retirements.
In a study conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), law enforcement experienced a 5% decrease in hiring rates, an 18% increase in quit rates, and a 45% increase in rates. retirement during a period from April 2019 to March. 2020.
Our Denton County Sheriff’s Office is among the agencies impacted by this phenomenon that we are seeing across the country.
For the first time in decades, we have 183 vacancies in our detention officers, leaving 40% of our existing staff to cover duties inside our detention facilities.
These numbers do not include vacancies among other positions throughout the Sheriff’s Office.
Accordingly, we have proposed to increase the salary scale for our Detention Officers by 10% in the 2022-23 fiscal year budget to bring salaries back to a competitive rate. We also thought of other opportunities to increase the number of candidates for these positions. If you are interested in joining our ranks in the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, please view our openings at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/dentoncounty.
What many may not realize is that a number of our law enforcement personnel began their careers as detention officers where they learned the operations, asked their basic peace officer license and launched a lifelong career in an industry that serves the public in many ways.
When someone dials 9-1-1 in an emergency, law enforcement is the very people who come to your home or business to ensure your safety and investigate any incident you have experienced. , whether it’s a burglary, a suspicious individual wandering around your home, or during a major storm by helping firefighters rescue you from your flooded vehicle.
Our men and women in blue are dedicated to keeping our streets, highways, neighborhoods, cities and counties in order. They follow a strict code of honor, undergo continuous training, and must be prepared to put their lives on the line.
It is a profession that has endured in families for generations and I sincerely hope that it will continue for generations to come.
A world without these men and women in blue would be a place where I don’t think any of us would want to live. Their existence allows us to enjoy a peaceful and safe life that many of us take for granted.
I hope our current generation coming of age will consider a career in law enforcement, as it will give them a sense of lifelong accomplishment and pride in knowing that they are doing a difference.
From the lives they save, even issuing a speeding ticket to someone whose actions could have resulted in a fatal accident, they have our backs. We should watch theirs.
As we approach the 21st anniversary of September 11, 2001, when many of our first responders lost their lives, we should take a few minutes to thank them for all they do for us day in and day out.
Thank you to all law enforcement and first responders in Denton County. We greatly appreciate your service to all residents of our great county. You help us keep #DentonCountyStrong.
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