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Sheriff's Office Begins Recruitment Campaign for Deputies

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Back in the 1980s, there was a push to hire more police officers and deputies.

Many of them are now nearing retirement.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is starting a recruitment campaign, trying to fill positions that are expected to become available because of those retirements, within the next two or three years.

Deputy Abigail Biggar has been working at the Washoe County Jail for the last four years.

Law enforcement is the career she wanted to follow since high school.

"Physically, it keeps you in shape," Biggar said. "It challenges you. Intellectually, there's a lot of special assignments that can challenge you. You can be as involved as you choose, basically, and decide your career path."

That is what the Sheriff's Office wants to promote to people interested in jobs like this.

They are looking to hire more women to reflect the area's population and because they are needed.

"Women in law enforcement are essential," Deputy Diana Izzo said. "Some females respond more and even some males will respond more to a female presence versus a male presence and sometimes you can de-escalate a situation that has gone too high."

Izzo has been with the Sheriff's Office for 19 years and will qualify for retirement in six more years.

"It's been a long career but it's gone by super fast," Izzo said.

It is positions like hers that will need to be replaced by today's recruits, with many being hired as early as next year.

"We expect to have future openings in 2013 and 2014 as well," Assistant Sheriff Tim Kuzanek said. "We just want to have a good list of qualified applicants that we can draw from when these vacancies occur."

Men and women will fill those positions and Biggar says she thinks more women are showing interest in law enforcement and can have the same success as men.

"I love that our standards are all the same," Biggar said. "So, women are held to the same expectations as new hires of males."

"Anything that a male can do, at this agency, a female is expected to do and all the females are excited to do."

Having women with experience in law enforcement is also something that both of these ladies agree is helpful to the rookies who will come on board.

"I like to train and I like to teach them and show them what was then, what is now, how to do things better, more efficiently, as well as move forward and succeed in their career," Izzo said.

"Before these women, that are expected to retire leave, they can share a lot of experience and wisdom with the new females so that we are kind of cross training the generations," Biggar said. 

This campaign goes for the next two months and ends December 28 with an open house on December 8.

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Written by Paul Nelson
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