Crime never sleeps, but in recent months finding people to help keep it at a minimum has been been an issue for several departments.
Police agencies like the Wheeling Police Department are on the hunt for candidates who want to protect and serve. The same can be said across the river in Belmont County, as the Sheriff’s Office has a few deputy positions they need to fill. However, some of the new deputies they’ve gotten in haven’t fit the bill and they’ve had to let them go.
“You’ve got to meet a certain criteria, and everything like that, but we have twelve months to see if they make it or not. And just to tell you, in honesty, just yesterday, I let someone go. I mean, if there’s an issue or if there’s a problem that we find out, we’re not going to keep someone here,” said Belmont County Sheriff, Dave Lucas.
The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office is looking for professional people to uphold a certain level of dignity, not only for their office, but to represent the county in general.
Sheriff Lucas said it’s been particularly difficult to find officers in our area due to the police academy closing down a few years ago, so instead of hiring local, they are forced to look outside of the Ohio Valley in most cases.
The only two accredited institutions remaining in the Ohio Valley are in Steubenville and Zanesville. The Sheriff said those graduates normally get picked up by agencies in those areas.
If you or someone you know is looking for a career in law enforcement, you can contact Chief Deputy Jim Zusack by calling (740)695-7933.