TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The sheriff of Lee County hopes a raise for county employees will make recruiting new deputies easier.
County employees will soon receive a 2% pay raise.
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Currently, Sheriff Jim Johnson is seeking to hire three new deputies.
"When I drive to work, I drive past 15 different places that are advertising for work,” he said. “And they are doing bonus incentives and hiring incentives and things of that nature that makes it very difficult. And people are getting out of law enforcement."
In the last year, Lee County lost 10 deputies who simply left the profession, the sheriff said.
And with fewer cadets in training, the sheriff said, that means a smaller pool of potential deputies to choose from.
"It’s a profession that unfortunately has taken a hit in society and no matter what you pay them, they are just not going to get into it right now. And that's tough."
He hopes the lack of law enforcement officers doesn't negatively impact local communities, Mississippi and the United States.
For anyone who wants to become a law enforcement officer, the next class at the training academy begins in January, and applications are being accepted.