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Orange County, Fla. Sheriff: "We are a paramilitary organization"

Wearing their new forest-green uniforms and shiny boots, 11 new deputies swore to "support, protect, and defend," as the newest recruits in the Orange County Sheriff's Office, which is poised to bring dozens more men and women into its ranks this year.

Sheriff Jerry Demings is on a hiring spree and his newest employees — seven patrol deputies, three court deputies and a reserve deputy — include military veterans, retired law-enforcement officers returning to the job, fresh-faced academy recruits and a former crime-scene investigator.

An improving economy has allowed Demings to open 125 positions that have been frozen since 2009. So far, 60 have been filled as the pool of qualified applicants grows with service members leaving the military and entering civilian life, said the Sheriff's Recruiting and Background Manager Mary Ann Salazar.

"We are a paramilitary organization, so hiring veterans makes sense, and its important to the sheriff to bring in these highly skilled men and women," Salazar said.

h/t Jon Chapin

Source: Orlando Sentinel. Read full article. (link)

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  • JasonTromm||

    I'm not sure I'm comfortable with local law enforcement saying "We are a paramilitary organization." That implies they're more likely to engage in violent confrontations with ordinary citizens.

  • Raston Bot||

    Orange County, FL must be a real crime ridden shithole to hire all these new armed law enforcement officers.

  • MasterDarque||

    Sheriffs all over the state are crying they need more deputies even though crime continues to go down ever since they were forced to downsize. In my area they are lowering speed limits and I see more and more troopers looking to give the good citizens speeding tickets.