Sheriff Changes His Hiring And Training Policies

Sheriff’s deputies who are members of its bicycle patrol unit

NORRISTOWN PA – The use of local training facilities, rather than those available in State College; reduced application restrictions, and longer-term employment requirements all are expected to help the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department attract and keep more deputies, Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny said Friday (Jan. 25, 2019).

In notices on the Sheriff’s Office website and its Facebook page, Kilkenny announced changes in his hiring and training practices.

  • Applicants for deputies’ jobs “are no longer required to live in Montgomery County” before they apply or during their employment;
  • New deputies will be trained in a 24-week program at the county Community College Police Academy in Blue Bell instead of a 19-week program at Penn State University, eliminating a lengthy commute and saving the office $4,500 per trainee on mileage and overtime costs; and
  • New deputies will be required to sign an agreement to stay with the department for three years.

All of the changes “will help attract more candidates, stabilize staffing numbers, and ensure optimal public safety standards for our citizens,” Kilkenny claimed. They took effect Jan. 1.

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